Many mixed emotions tend to arise as the holidays approach. While we often hear “cheer is in the air,” so are increased levels of stress and anxiety. For many people the holidays include traveling, and oftentimes this is by flight. According to the National Institute of Mental Health up to 6.5% of Americans have phobia around flying. For some people this can be very overwhelming and disruptive to their plans.
There are many natural options to can help alleviate flight phobia and also help with other anxieties surrounding the holidays. At our clinic it is important to make tailored plans for each individual since everyone’s situation is unique. Below is an overview of some example remedies.
- Bach flower formulas: These formulas are derived from flower essences. Each flower has varying properties that help with certain types of anxieties. For example Rock Rose is good for panic and nightmares while Aspen is used for vague fears of something bad happening. While some people are aware of rescue remedy, a Bach flower formula consisting of 5 specific flowers, there hundreds of more specific combinations that can be made. At our clinic we love to help people formulate their own personalized remedies.
- Herbal medicine. Similarly to how we can use combinations of Bach flower remedies, we can do the same with herbal medicine. Herbal medicine comes in many forms, including teas, capsules, and tinctures (liquid extracts). Commonly known anti-anxiety herbs include passionflower, chamomile, lavender and valerian root. Each herb has unique properties, such as those helping with stress, cortisol regulation, sleep difficulties, and even physical tension. Combining herbs so that one formula can help with many concerns is a great and effective way to support the body during stressful times.
- Nutrient therapy: Nutrient therapy consists of therapeutic doses of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. Commonly used nutrients include magnesium, theanine, and inositol. While they are all helpful in their own ways, overall benefits include calming of the mind, muscle relaxation, reduced nervousness and improved sleep. Check with a provider before starting any of these to make sure there are no drug interactions and that you’re taking the correct form and dose.
We hope these ideas will provide some relief for those of you struggling with flight phobia and holiday stressors in general. Happy holidays and safe travels.