Summary: Many people have a flying phobia which can either stop them from flying or go through a traumatic experience any time that they do fly. It is possible to overcome this fear with a little hard work and patience, and this can be very rewarding. The key to success is understanding more about flying and finding ways to reduce anxiety.
Are you scared of flying? This is one of the most common fears that people have and one which can stop them from travelling the world. This can be problematic for their social and professional life which is why it is important for those that suffer from attempting to overcome their phobia of flying.
These are all steps that can help anybody to overcome their fear and step foot on a plane without intense fear and dread.
- Read Up on Flying – Anxiety comes from the unknown. By reading up on flying and the unlikelihood of an incident occurring, it can help you to stay calm when onboard a plane. You should also look into the built-in safety features of planes and how highly trained pilots are for peace of mind.
- Upgrade – You will find it much easier to relax if you can enjoy the peace, quiet and extra space in business or first class. It also means that you will be well looked after at all times. Of course, not everybody can afford to get upgrades, but there are a few tips and tricks that could help your chances that you can look up online.
- Speak to a Professional – A therapist can help you to identify your exact fears and how to change your thought process. In addition to overcoming flying anxiety, this could also help with other areas of your life where you may be struggling with stress and anxiety.
- Programmes – Experts have created programmes to help people overcome a fear of flying. These usually involve unravelling misconceptions and showing how you can enjoy the feeling of flying.
- Medication – Anxiety medications are a superb way to sedate you during the flight. A doctor will be able to write you a prescription before your flight if you explain to them about your phobia.
- Visit the Cockpit – Many people find it helpful to visit the cockpit before taking off. In addition to seeing how the plane works, it also allows you to meet the pilot and co-pilot. This creates trust and will help you to feel looked after.
- Distract Yourself – During the flight, find ways to keep yourself occupied as, otherwise, anxiety will begin to creep in. Meditating is a fantastic way to occupy yourself and also reduce anxiety, but you could also watch a film, read a book or attempt to get some shut-eye.
Flying anxiety can cause people a tremendous amount of trouble as it can stop them from flying or put them through hell each time they do fly. Many people can overcome this phobia with a little hard work and patience. In addition to allowing them to travel, this is also incredibly rewarding and something that people can take great pride in.