The fear of flying is often experienced in distress by people. The knowledge of not being able to get off the plane until you get to the destination, not having the possibility of lowering the window or the idea of being powerless in the event of an accident transform what for some is the most pleasant way to “move” in a knot in the stomach.
Below are 5 practical tips for dealing with the fear of flying and having more control over this phobia.
1 – Information
The human mind is afraid of what it does not know and information is the first weapon to overcome the fear of flying. In many cases, the aerobic phobia is unleashed due to misinterpretations of normal conditions that develop during a flight.
A practical example? The turbulence.
The turbulence is nothing more than jolts caused by air voids and is part of a classic flight routine. Airplanes are designed to tackle them easily and are often avoided by pilots by changing the altitude during the flight. Turbulence is an event that happens similarly while driving a car on a bumpy road. Some roads are flat, others more rugged. That’s all. Don’t be afraid to ask questions (even if trivial) to the crew. Often your paranoia could easily disappear.
2 – Choose the right place
Are you afraid of flying? It is good to know that the choice of the place is not something to be underestimated. Sitting close to the engines or in the last few rows of certain types of aircraft and therefore feeling more the course changes will certainly not calm your phobia. While the places where the turbulence is less noticeable are those close to the wings of the plane.
3 – What to avoid before getting on board
Before leaving for a flight in an airplane it is good to have some little foresight:
– avoid exciting drinks like coffee;
– have a good sleep because fatigue can amplify the malaise in flight;
– avoid looking at the weather conditions before a departure.
4 – Breathe properly
There are several relaxation techniques that scholars have developed in recent years. Many are based on breathing and in particular on diaphragmatic breathing. Breathing on a regularly taking a longer inhales than exhales allows our body to maintain a state of relaxation. Seeing is believing!
5 – Secret code: distraction
Distracting oneself in flight is one of the methods to combat the fear of flying that works best of all. Reading a book, listening to music or watching a movie could help you think little about flying and consequently fight the fear of flying.
Are you afraid of flying? if yes, what is your method of fighting this fear?