I used to be the same way. It was inexplicable as to how my mind was trying to react even though I knew that flying was safe (still is - that hasn't changed) and that there really was nothing to worry about. For the last 15 years I fly approx 25 weeks per year, so I had to get over that pretty quick. :) One of the things that helped me was to watch a movie on my phone/tablet and try to concentrate on that before takeoff. However, it is still important to listen and watch the safety briefing and to this day I still do that. I find it sort of rude that these people are doing their job and some dude is flapping his gums during it. You will be fine and just know that there are probably a lot more people on the plane that have the same anxiety that you do and you just don't know it.
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