Terrified but Saying Yes

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One of my AG’s (Anxiety Girls) texted the other day and asked how things were going. I told her that my family was planning a vacation and we just booked flights! A connecting flight on the way out and one non-stop on the way home. My text read:

“Terrified but saying yes and will figure it out.”

And that’s how it often goes with anxiety. We can let fear rule all our decision making or we can say yes – knowing things always work out – and figure out coping mechanisms along the way.

Every time I prepare to fly I feel sick to my stomach in anticipation. I imagine fantastic excuses for why I won’t be able to go at the last minute:

“Oh man, we all have lice!”

“Too bad, it’s the stomach flu!”

But, I get on that plane anyways – legs shaking, heart racing – and let the adventure begin.

What am I doing in preparation for these flights?

*Checking out this blog about traveling the world with anxiety – especially this post and this one, too.

*Watching in flight videos of take off, cruising and landing – these tend to help desensitize all the sights and sounds.

*Picking up Dave’s new workbook about flying.

What are you saying yes to these days in spite of fear?

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