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1) Understand Your Fear
One important step to take in conquering your fear of flying is to
understand exactly what it is you fear. There are many aspects to flying
that may trigger anxiety unconsciously. Are you afraid of heights perhaps?
Maybe you’re afraid of a mechanical failure and the plane crashing. It
could be that you’re afraid of hijackers.
Taking a step back to reflect and understand exactly which aspects of flying
make you anxious and drive your fear can allow you to take control.
Working on your individual fears is a great first step towards overcoming
your fear of flying as a whle.
2) Find Your Motivation: Why Do You Want To Fly?
It is important to have your own motivation to fly. If you wait to fly until
you have to for business, a wedding, a funeral, or some other external
factor your likely to add more stress to your trip. You might feel as if you
have to fly or you’ll let others down or yourself. If you decide to conquer
your fear of flying on your own you can overcome your fears at your own
pace and experience a greater sense of satisfaction in doing so.
3) Trust The Plane And The Industry
People are always afraid of the unknown. It's easy to let your imagination
run wild when you're unsure of what is happening. An important step in
learning to ease your flying fears is to learn about planes and the aviation
One common fear is mechanical failure. The fact is that even without any
engines a plane is able to glide for a long period of time. It is even common
for pilots to shut the engines off before landing to save fuel!
Another important thing to note about flights is noise abatement
laws. Pilots are often required to slow their rate of ascent shortly after
takeoff to reduce noise pollution for residents living near airports. As a
result passengers in the plane often feel as if the plane is falling! They are
actually still climbing - just at a smaller angle and slower speed.
Turbulence can be another fearful experience. It is important to remember
that turbulence can't make a plane fall out of the sky. At speeds in excess
of 50mph air becomes denser. After about 150mph air becomes about as
dense as jello. Turbulence in the air is basically the jello shaking. The air
beneath the plane is so dense that it simply can't be pushed into the
ground by the air above it.
It would be easy to let your fears run away with you after experiencing
these events if you didn't understand them.
The aviation industry is also full of highly qualified professionals. Pilots
train for countless scenarios and have at minimum hundreds of hours of fly
time. Every bit of each plane is thoroughly inspected and undergoes proper
maintenance before and after every flight.
Learn these facts and don't be afraid to research more. Knowing what to
expect during the flight will greatly reduce your anxiety and allow you to
take more control of your fear.
4) Learn How To Stop Anxiety And Control Your Feelings
There are several different techniques you can practice to help you control
your fears and feelings of anxiety.
About every half hour during the flight get up from your seat and stretch
your legs. Walk around the plane and practice deep breathing with every
step. While deep breathing hold each breathe for 4 seconds and slowly let
Avoid any stimulants, such as caffeine, before and during the flight.
Load a music player with calm, relaxing music and listen to it before and
during the flight.
Lower the window shade, breathe deep, and try meditating. Imagine
yourself in a calm happy place where you feel comfortable.
Talk to the pilot and flight attendants. Let them know you are a fearful
flyer and they will help you ease your fears. You will also be more
comfortable putting yourself in their hands as you get to know them.
Make sure to practice these techniques at home in a comfortable place so
you know how to use them when you really need them.
Take care of yourself before the flight and be sure to eat a healthy
breakfast. Plan everything in advance so you don’t feel rushed.
5) Understand How Anxiety Works
Anxiety can be tricky. It can make things seem much more dangerous than
they are. Learning how it works can help you find the fine line between
anxiety and excitement.
Fear and anxiety are reactions designed to help you react to a potentially
dangerous situation. Your heart rate increases, your pupils dilate, your
muscles tighten, and you decide whether you should take flight or stay and
It is possible to choose how to react to your anxiety. If you’re worried that
your anxiety will get worse it most likely will. As it progresses people often
look for signs of danger in exaggerated places where they don’t exist.
For example you might suddenly notice that the lady across the aisle has
been quiet and you might wonder if she’s up to something. You might start
to picture the wings breaking off the plane or you could begin to fear that
you will embarrass yourself. Keeping in mind that anxiety can make you
feel that things are much more dangerous than they are can help you to
control your reaction to it and keep from overreacting.
Anxiety doesn’t create dangerous situations. It’s your reaction to it that
can cause the most problems. Knowing what to expect on the flight can
help you curb your fears.
If someone were to jump out at you from behind a bush for example you
would likely be much less frightened if you knew they were there ahead of
Take care of packing and planning well in advance so you don’t feel rushed
right before the flight. Distract yourself with music, practice deep
breathing and meditation, and don’t forget to do your research.
Ultimately only you can take control of your own fear and anxiety. Do
yourself a favor and check out the free resources at the Soar website by
clicking on the link below and navigating to the resources menu at the top
of the page.
==== Check Out The Soar Site Here
The site is full of helpful tips and videos and you can even sign up for free
conference calls and chats with a licensed flight anxiety therapist named
Tom Bunn. He is an ex-pilot and definitely knows his stuff.
Don’t hesitate to take action and get help. Take control of your fear!
Cheers to happy flying!