In an incident that generated headlines around the globe, an airline pilot was removed from a plane bound for San Francisco after a strange rant on the plane’s intercom system in part about her divorce.
In this issue, we’ll talk about what happened, and share tips for how you can keep your cool during an emotion-tinged event like divorce.
Bizarre Rant From Divorcing Airline Pilot
Just before United Airlines flight 455 was to leave from Austin, Texas to San Francisco International Airport, the pilot took to the plane’s intercom to have a word with the passengers.
Dressed in civilian clothes, she asked the passengers to take a vote to decide whether or not she should change into her uniform or “fly as is.” After touching on politics, the captain then told the passengers, “Sorry, I’m going through a divorce.”
About 20 of the passengers said they felt unsafe with her in the cockpit, and left the plane. One passenger said, “She was not in the right state of mind. We were a little afraid having someone that was somewhat unstable flying the plane.”
The pilot was eventually removed and replaced with a new captain.
How to Stay Calm During Your Divorce
Emotions often run high during the divorce process, and staying calm can seemingly be among the hardest things to do. There are ways, however, that you can attend to your feelings and gain perspective. This helps you to minimize the impact of divorce stress on you and those around you.
With a bit of help from Psychology Today, here are a few ways you can neutralize negative feelings when going through a divorce.
- Let go of the negative feelings.
The first step is to identify what emotion you’re feeling and make a plan to work through the negative feelings. Whether it’s going for a hike, a pick-up game of basketball, tennis, etc., finding a way to “let go” can do wonders for your state of mind.
- Have fun…especially if you have children.
If you let it, your divorce can easily lay claim to all of your mental energy. The power of humor, however, is known to work wonders. If you’re a father, you may be pleasantly surprised at how your children welcome the opportunity to get away from the “divorce cloud” circling at home.
- Concentrate on your breathing.
Basic breathing techniques have been documented to calm the whole body and reduce pressures that can damage our health.
- Focus on the big picture.
When you’re deep in the weeds in the process of divorce, imagine what you want your life to be like 10 years from now. If you’re feeling resentful towards your ex, possibly think about having more peace and clarity in your life; if you’re a father, think about what you’d like your children’s’ lives to be like.
- Don’t take it personally.
Contrary to what you may be feeling, things that happen during your divorce should not be taken personally. In fact, what your ex thinks of you really is no longer your business. If you feel that your ex is particularly skilled at pressing your “hot buttons,” a bit of emotional homework with a therapist may be a good idea.
If You’re a Man Facing Divorce in San Diego, Call The Men’s Legal Center
If you allow it, your divorce can quickly turn into a powder keg, affecting not only your life, but those close to you as well.
If you’re a man facing divorce in San Diego, we urge you to get in touch with us here at The Men’s Legal Center. It’s crucial that you have professional legal representation as you go through this process. Our sole purpose is to make sure men have the resources and knowledge they need for the best possible outcome in family court.
You can reach us at 619-234-3838 or via email.