Did anyone else feel that drop? Is the guy next to me freaking out? Where are the flight attendants, and do they look concerned? Who's to say this thing won't just fall out of the sky? Oh no, oh no, oh no. So goes my anxious mind every time I set foot on an airplane.
I've been a nervous flier for the past decade, but my airplane dread was fully solidified last year over the mountains of Montana, around minute 20 of hourlong turbulence. On the last few flights since, I've cried, reached out to hold a stranger's hand, and said mental goodbyes to my loved ones—sometimes all at the same time. It doesn't help that air travel also gives me a nagging sense of eco-guilt for all of those carbon emissions.
Clearly, I don't have the best tools for dealing with my flight stress. Deep breaths, distracting podcasts, and logical reasoning are what I usually call on to challenge irrational fears of crash landings, but they can only go so far.
So, before my last trip—a short flight from New York to Detroit—I packed something new in my carry-on to see if it could help: mindbodygreen's calm+ supplement.