Monday, June 26, 2017

Magic Monday... 5 Tips For Soothing Flight Anxiety (Including A Spell For Safe Travels!) ♥

Confession: I'm a nervous flyer. But nervous or not, I'm bound for Mexico this morning, so I thought it would be a good time to share some of the steps I'm taking (and have taken) to conquer this fear:

1. Just. Do. It. I've had some awesome road adventures, but I've put off and turned down travel because I was scared to fly. Besides, I can't reasonably drive to Mexico. (I seriously considered it, but Google Maps says it's 56 hours...) In other situations, facing my fear head on (like with public speaking) worked. In the wise words of Will Smith, "God placed the best things in life on the other side of terror." Alrighty then. But I won't be trying sky diving anytime soon. 

2. Educate thyself. Did you know that many people who have flight anxiety probably weren't always afraid to fly? Flight Anxiety tends to kick in at about age 27 or so. (SO true, at least for me!) I think the thing that makes me most nervous about flying is turbulence. So I followed the advice of several online forums and tried to learn everything I could about it--what it is, how it works, and how it's not dangerous.

3. Try to get a comfortable seat. Business and first classes are undoubtedly comfy places to sit on a plane, but for me a comfortable seat is going to be over or near the wings, or more towards the front as turbulence isn't as bad there. We used to always sit in the back of the plane--that's like riding in the back of a school bus--you feel all the bumps. No thanks!

4. Have an in-flight strategy. On the last few flights I was on, I brought stuff to distract myself from the flight, but I found that it was hard for me to concentrate on reading, or knitting, or really anything for too long. This time, I'm diversifying: I've brought four different activities: a video game, crossword puzzles, a coloring book, and a writing project. Every fifteen minutes I'll switch up the activity (or keep going with it if I can sustain my concentration). This serves a double purpose: It keeps me busy, and when I'm finished a round, I'll know that I only have so much more time to go before we land. 

5. Work some magic. I've come to see my magical and spiritual work as an extension of my mundane work (and vise-versa; each supports the other). Here is my little travelling meditation mantra that I chant to myself to add a layer of magical protection to my travel plans...
I visualize the plane surrounded by a protective blue light, then say the mantra over and over to myself, especially during turbulence and take off (I can deal with landings, go figure!). Feel free to print this image (Those are sea hearts, which are excellent travel talismans. Read about them HERE.) Carry it in your pocket or purse (or tuck it into your shoe!). Fare well wherever you fare!

Friday, June 23, 2017

Fashionably Friday... Packing (for) Heat

T minus three days until we leave for Tulum. I'm kind of excited. Kind of dealing with flight anxiety... and kind of on the fence about what to do as can be seen by my jumbled up pre-packing that was supposed to be a "My First Flatlay" post...
This was supposed to be messier...
The Wandering Witch in me wants to do ALL THE THINGS. Shop. Ruins. Food. Shop. Drink juice out of pineapples and coconuts. Shop. Attend a ritual. Snorkle. See turtles and rays. Shop... But Wondering Witch remembers that the real purpose of this vaycay is just that (and to celebrate my wedding anniversary!). The last year and a half or so (Saturn in my Sun--Sagittarius, thanks) has been filled with stress that has proven to be both rewarding as well as challenging. There have been some serious accomplishments, losses and changes. I've lots to be grateful for. I'm also in desperate need of an unplug and a pressing of the reset button, cause, you know, we're not quite done yet. (Saturn leaves Sag the day after my birthday, December 18. I'm seriously thinking of having some sort of party.) I've heard Saturn described as the, "physical trainer" of the zodiac. Having worked with a trainer over the past year to get my health in order, I know that the challenges I've faced have made me stronger. I also know that a good trainer gives you time to catch your breath. So I think, for once, I am going to go on an adventure with thoughts, rather than hard set plans of what I'd like to do--but there will be photos! :)