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Nervous Flyer

Nervous Flyer

Date: Oct 07 2004


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One of the things that people get really nervous about is flying. If you are a nervous flyer, there are a couple of things that you can do. Either do something to calm yourself down or avoid flying altogether. In the following dialog, Jen and Steph talk about Jen’s flying anxiety and how she deals with it.


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Steph:  Did you fly out here when you came out, Jen?

Jen:  No. I didn’t fly. I don’t like to fly.

Steph:  Why not?

Jen:  Oh. I, I get so nervous. My hands start sweating, and then I start shaking. And I just wanna jump out of the plane. I don’t like to fly.

Steph:  Really? Well, they say, ya know, if you get really nervous, they say that you should, um, maybe take a pill or something. You can go to your doctor and get a pill that he’ll give you, or she’ll give you. And it’ll make you go to sleep.

Jen:  Yeah, yeah, yeah. I’ve heard about the motion sickness pills. And I’ve tried ‘em, but nothing works. I think it’s probably just all in my head. But, nonetheless, I like to drive, so.

Steph:  Well that’s even better I guess.

Jen:  Yeah.

Steph:  It’s a good solution for you.

Jen:  Exactly.



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I guess that Jen has a strategy for dealing with her flying anxiety. Are you a nervous flyer, too? What do you do about it when you get nervous? I usually love to fly but sometimes my palms start sweating or shaking and I get really nervous. I find that the best thing to do when I get nervous is to get a glass of ice water and drink it. I also like to close my eyes and imagine myself on an island somewhere, sipping my ice water and not worrying about anything at all.
Have a great weekend!


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