afe66: Slightly off topic but my other half did BA Heathrow nervous flier course which is run by senior pilots with many many hours.
One person asked one of the pilots had they been nervous due to turbulence. I think he had 20k plus hours or something ridiculous flying wide body jets, and he said only once and that was for about 5 minutes. His comment was the planes are very over engineered.
Despite having done quite a few hundred flights in my life, I *hate* flying. Every sound, bump, movement. Even when I understand it's supposed to be happening, it's still me holding the seat with a death grip and sweating.
I have found ensuring a good nights sleep the night before makes a big difference, along with flying business where I can. Noise Cancelling Headphones helped quite a bit.