To be honest, there was a period of time when I avoided flying altogether because of the high levels of anxiety it would produce. As someone who has direct experience with anxiety and panic attacks firsthand, I've tried everything, and it's safe to say that some things work better than others! In fact, there are few things that I swear by to help lower my anxiety when I travel. I call it my "traveling tool kit," and I never go long distances without it because these six things, however mundane they may seem, really do ease my discomfort. Over time, I started recommending elements of this kit to my coaching clients who have reported that making the extra effort before a trip goes a long way.
These days I’m on a plane every three months if not more. Here is what I have found useful to take my mind off the catastrophic thinking and back into a positive state of mind: