Flying

​How to Conquer a Fear of Flying

Many of us enjoy traveling to desirable locations for our vacations, and some locations may seem more desirable than others. But this is your vacation, and not a competition about who is going to the most talked about vacation destination. And for some of us who need to conquer a fear of flying the destination could be just down the road. Either way, if it means getting on a plane, the chances of arriving at the destination can be slim to none; well, not by an airplane that is.

truetoherself.com - conquer a fear of flyingSome of us experience a sense of excitement anytime we have to fly, while others are filled with dread. In this case, it can be irrelevant as to what the purposes is for the flight, or even the appeal of the destination. It doesn’t matter for some that they are off somewhere for a holiday, or even if the flights is for an important event, like a wedding or a family reunion.

For these people, flying can be likened to an inconvenient experience that they must to endure against their will. And for others, flying can be much worse; more like a chilling and terrifying prospect. These people can suffer from long and sleepless nights, often weeks before the actual flight, as they find themselves trapped in constant worry about the possibility of a disaster, even though logically they may be aware that this is more than extremely unlikely to occur.

These people may also suffer from nausea, stomach upsets, panic attacks, shaky hands, or worse. All of these because of a severe anxiety about flying.

If you are someone who struggles with a fear of flying, this addition to the series offers some effective tips which you can apply so you can overcome your fear and appreciate the joys and adventures that travel can bring.

Don’t follow airplane disasters in the media

There’s no point in scaring yourself by following airplane disaster coverage on the internet, in newspapers, magazines or on TV. Avoid exposing yourself to the graphic details.

truetoherself.com - conquer a fear of flyingI would like to share a brief word about this particular peeve of mine; you won’t see a news report of the thousands of successful landings and smooth flights on the news every day. Theses vultures in the press know that people don’t tune in for that. However, the rubber-neck majority lap up a story about something tragic. So when there is a story about a crash it is headline news for days.

There are over 102,500 flights per day around the world, and less than 80 incidents (not all are crashes) with airplanes on average per year. That’s equal to 37.4 million flights a year with a tiny 80 incidents. Of those 80 fewer than 20 were the cause of fatalities.

I know you’ve probably heard that it’s safer to fly than to cross the street, and you may be sick of that tidbit. But it is true. Statistically, there’s a greater chance of incidents related to riding a bicycle than flying in a commercial aircraft.

Another thing to avoid is watching movies about airplane crashes. If you suffer from a great of flying you don’t want this content to feed your anxiety before your flight. There is no value in exposing yourself to vivid and frightening details which will leave an imprint on your mind, thus increasing your anxiety levels.

Remain positive and conquer a fear of flying

Even although you can be overcome by anxiety at the thought of flying, try to keep a positive attitude and mindset. Keep your focus on the good that will come as a result of your flight, like getting to a destination that you have wanted to visit for the longest time, or meeting old friends and family, and making new friends.

Select the best seat

When you book your flight, select a seat which you will feel less likely to encounter sensations of claustrophobia. Some of the more suitable options would include an aisle seat, or a seat in the front rows of the cabin.

truetoherself.com - conquer a fear of flyingTowards the front of the plane is where the effects of turbulence are felt less.

The effects of turbulence are felt in the cabin the more towards the back rows of the plane you get. Selecting an aisle seat will help you reduce the chances of feeling trapped, and you will have more ability to move about without restriction.

If the expense is within your means, book yourself a business class, or even a first-class ticket where you will get significantly more room, better in-flight service, and you’ll feel much more comfortable throughout your flight.

Picture the destination

To help you pinpoint your focus on the positive, take some time in the lead up to your flight to focus on the destination. Imagine your destination, what the weather will be like, the places you’ll visit, the people you’ll meet, and the things you’ll do. This focus on clear visualization will help you to push through the anxiety and conquer a fear of flying so you can complete your flight with confidence.

To maintain a calm disposition throughout your flight, use your visualization strategy and think of the destination, or another appealing factor, as a prize which you will happily obtain when the flight is safely completed. A close friend of mine carries a photo of her destination to look at while on the flight. This keeps her eye on the prize quite literally.

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Naomi Jamieson