Two days from now I’ll be sitting in a plane and I’m already freaking out. No matter how lovely the destination, I’m beginning to wish I never had suggested this trip … but at least the worst case scenario would be that I panic on the flight to Ireland and then get stuck in Dublin because I refuse to set foot on the plane back. There are much worse places to be stuck in. I bet I’d even be able to find a capoeira group over there (though it just wouldn’t be the same without the lovely people over here). Or I could shell out some more money to take a ship to France and then hop on the train. I like trains much better than planes. Trains don’t move vertically. But if I want to work in an academic setting I’ll have to get used to planes (because of field work and conferences). How am I supposed to get used to these torture instruments when I feel like I can’t breathe?
At least I have a strategy this time:
– sleep at least 8 hours the night before (and preferably take something to help me sleep … valerian maybe; I’m more likely to panic when I’m really tired)
– take headphones with me to listen to capoeira music (I know, this probably sounds like a weird idea, but it might put me into the right mindset of resilience – and a familiar rhythm should help me to breathe more evenly)
– small spiky massage ball for stress relief (to offer an alternative stimulus and occupy my hands)
– try NOT to use the special chewing gum for preventing travelling sickness (these make my tongue go numb, thus providing another freaky stimulus and making me feel like I’m going to swallow my own tongue any second, yuck … I’ll use a children’s syrup against sickness instead and chew normal chewing gum.)
Any other suggestions are very welcome!
On the bright side, we’ll be travelling with carry-on bags only and don’t have to transfer, so at least we’ll be able to minimize the time spent in queues …
Update: Another suggestion I found somewhere on the internet was looking up to the ceiling … and it really helped with breathing and just going with the flow. Weird but cool.