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Hi everyone,

So I just had my first successful, fairly anxiety free flight in a loooong time this past weekend. My flight leaving was quite a panic and I had to use the washroom as soon as I boarded and then immediately used my self-hypnosis audio to distract myself until we had actually taken off (and then I fortunately fell asleep). But on the way home I did even better!

A lot of what aggravates my IBS-D attacks is, of course, anxiety and my anxiety gets aggravated by anticipation. Well, we had a very long wait in the airport before our flight home and so I bought myself two magazines just for fun (I never buy them since I feel they're a waste of money, but also so tantalizing) and we had a nice long dinner (a very light one for me) and a supply of strong cider! I finished off the cider in enough time so that I'd still be feeling the lovely alcoholic buzz when I got on the plane and before take-off etc. And it worked! So I had the buzz, plus two magazines to distract me and I felt fine! I had ZERO anxiety on this flight and it was amazing!

The only thing that was a bit of a challenge on the flight home was at the airport when I got held up in the security line as they wanted to search my bags. I started to panic that I wouldn't be able to get to the bathroom in time, and I couldn't leave the line (I didn't even have my shoes on, they were with my bag!). But I had to remind myself that in a worst case scenario I could take care of my needs: I would tell one of the security people that I had a digestive disorder and needed to use the bathroom immediately, despite having my bag in the security check line, and could someone escort me to the bathroom (and preferably give me my shoes back first)?

Being ready to address my own needs, rather than panicking that I'll be embarrassed if I express my needs to someone is a HUGE step for me, and one that I've been achieving through talk therapy and hypnotherapy.

Just wanted to share what worked for me, recently!
 

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Hi Shejests! I'm so glad to hear of your successful flight!

I always find travel, especially plane flights, to be really stressful and I fear about my guts as well, which usually ends up with me not eating anything all day until we get to our destination.

The security portion sounded very stressful but glad you made it through! Here's to more successful flights in the future! :D
 

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Thank you for this post! I have been struggling a lot with anxiety and traveling lately. My boyfriend and I wanted to book a vacation but I keep putting it off, dreading the whole flying ordeal. Usually when I travel I don't eat before and that helps with my symptoms, but I always have the anxiety. That is a good idea to have a little alcohol (if you are over 21 of course!) to calm the nerves. Congrats to your successful flight!
 
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