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MakingProgress7
MakingProgress7

hi all,

I have an upcoming trip next month that is filling me with a bit of dread. Why? a long flight and going to California where all I can think about is earthquakes. I'm trying to interrupt my anxiety with gratitude. I'm blessed to have this opportunity. But the dread creeps in. I may write myself a letter when I am in a good place, to refer to on my trip. Thanks for "listening "....wishing you all a blessed day and peace in your heart 😊

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Hi MakingProgress7, it sounds like you have a plan in mind in writing yourself a letter to refer to on your trip. Putting our fears aside can allow us to relish an opportunity that may only come once in a lifetime. Please keep us updated on your progress. Stay focused on the positive side of this trip. I wish you well. xx

thank you so much Agora1! I certainly will try and stay focused on the positive side of the trip. Your words mean a lot and I appreciate your support!!! ✌

If you are afraid of flying try taking a tranquilizer. Diazapam is good for this purpose. As to earthquakes, they are quite rare, even in California. The law of averages is quite likely to keep you safe. That is, how likely is it that you will be in the one exact spot that an earthquake hits at the exact moment it occurs. It is not at all likely.

rach1402
rach1402 in reply to b1b1b1

Couldn't agree more! No amount of positivity can get though to me when I'm in a state of panic. Gimme the meds and wash them down with a good old fashioned dose of logic and reason! Get googling those statistics 🤓

b1b1b1
b1b1b1 in reply to rach1402

I understand! Logic isn't always useful when dealing with something that is frightening for you.

rach1402
rach1402 in reply to b1b1b1

It works for me, fear is an emotional response so logic counteracts that. I use it a lot when fear grips me, well that and medication 💊

b1b1b1
b1b1b1 in reply to rach1402

Medication never hurts - especially diazepam. Good luck in California.

rach1402
rach1402 in reply to b1b1b1

I'm not going to California, staying here in Blighty where we tend to only have little earthquakes. The rest of the weather makes up for it though ⛈🌧🌨🌩🌫🌬⚡🤣 I just liked your reply cos it's exactly what I would have wanted someone to say to me if I had written that post. I've looked at some of your other replies and you give good, practical advice and I could do with some of that a lot of the time! I wanted to follow you (not in a creepy way) but I couldn't see that option in your profile so I'll just have to keep my eyes peeled!

yes!!! 😊👍👊

thank you b1b1b1! I am going to remember those words and I know they will help....sometimes I just need some facts to get me out of my irrational thinking. Yes, my doctor does prescribe me with ativan when I fly and I find it very helpful. I appreciate your response, thanks again!

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