Let me start off by saying that I hate flying, so saying I am an anxious flyer may be somewhat of an understatement. Not only am I afraid of heights and get motion sickness, but also I am just not a fan of flying 30,000 feet in the air inside of essentially a large tin can. But having said that if you want to travel at all flying tends to become unavoidable, so I have developed my own sort of checklist to of tips and tricks to help with the stress and anxiety around flying. Be comfortable. This is probably one of the most important if you are someone whose stress and anxiety becomes physical because being comfortable can help you from overheating, getting claustrophobic, or uncomfortable in your seat. Be prepared. I know that I am one of those people who needs to be as prepared as possible for anything that could happen to help ease my flying stress. I have all my tickets and paperwork ready to go, easy to slip off shoes for security, snacks, water, backup phone chargers, etc. Basically I am the person who if the plane was to crash on a deserted island I would be prepared for that. Now obvious you don’t necessarily have to be like that, but try to be prepared so that when any potential problems arise you are ready for them, and they don’t cause any unnecessary stress. Along the lines of being prepared more specifically I recommend having all of your paperwork and information handyand ready, and knowing exactly where you are goingwithin the airport itself. I always check the airport map ahead of time to know where my gate is, and maybe where the closest Starbucks is too. Don’t judge sometimes it is EARLY!! Pack carefully. This may not apply to everyone, but I find that packing efficiently and carefully takes away some of my traveling stress because I don’t have to worry about whether or not I forgot something or wheresomething is in my bag. If you are someone like me try addressing the way you pack for your flights, you never know how much extra stress it may eliminate. One of the other big things I recommend is to bring something soothingor something to do with you, whether than be music and headphones, a book, or even a game on your phone; it really doesn’t matter as long as it is something that can keep your mind occupied and at ease. I find that keeping my mind and hands busy and soothed helps to keep my anxiety at bay. The last thing I recommend is to let your flight attendant know that you are a nervous flyer. For some this may not be easy if they have additional anxiety, but it may be a good option to consider. You never know they may check on you during the flight or offer you an extra drink to calm you down. The biggest point I can emphasize if you are stressed about flying is to try and be as prepared and comfortable in all areas as possible, and hopefully it will help keep you more or less calm during the flight.