Airports can be a strange place for people. They are big crowded, full of queues, and after you finally get on the plane, you are up in the air which can be nerve wrecking! As a result, I have put together a small mindfulness tick list to help you through the fuss and fear you may have when you’re in the airport.
1. Arrive 2 hours early
Turn up early so you can avoid the rush and take your time. There are usually less queues in the beginning and turning up early will stop any panic you might be feeling. No manic dashs through the gates and darting around people with suitcases!
2. Accept the now
When you arrive, just know that what will happen will happen, so you can just breathe and let go. If you’ve arrived early you have more time to spend nosing through Tax Free shops and you can make the ‘now’ in the airport a more positive experience.
3. Airports are one of the safest places
Remember that there is security everywhere, and airports are one of the safest places you can be after 9/11. So, the scariest thing that will happen is the butterfly in your stomach when you are taking off! And even then, you have a pilot that’s fully trained and probably flown the plane loads of times! So you have nothing to worry about!
4. Stay up to date with screens and voiceovers
Keep your ears open and your eyes on screens to find out updates with your flight. This will be where all the information you need is held so you can navigate your way to your dropping off your luggage and navigating your way to your gate.
5. Go with the flow
If you’ve arrived early then you don’t have to rush anything. Take your time, look around the shops, get some food (or bring your own) and chill. If you have access or want something a little more luxurious, you can always go and chill in the V.I.P lounge. It’s a great way to chill and sometimes you get a free drink.
If you need any help or want to chat about this further, why not apply for coaching with me! I’d be more than happy to see how I can help calm those nerves.