I wrote in a previous blog post ( Epilepsy and Dependency ) about some feelings of dependency that I have developed because of a series of traumatic events. In an attempt to regain my sense of independence, I am getting on an airplane without any friends or family with me. Although this may seem like such a small insignificant step, I have NEVER flown by myself since my seizures started acting up a few years ago. Now that they are stable, I feel like I can fly in an airplane again.
My flight is less than a week away! I want to prove to myself and others that I am perfectly capable of taking this trip without anything happening.
I have taken certain precautionary measures, but flying in general is a little stressful for me. Why? Cramming 200 or so people on an airplane for long periods of time and with no food is a little stressful for anyone. I plan to practice my meditation techniques almost the entire time on the airplane. It is not that I am afraid of flying or anything. Stress is a seizure trigger for me, so I need to find ways to cope with stress. Do you have any suggestions? What are some great stress-reducing activities that you practice?
I will keep you updated on how the flight goes!