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Fear of Flying Stop your Fear with these Simple and Effective Ideas
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Fear of flying is a problem that most of us encounter at some stage in our lives. Most of us have a small amount of anxiety when getting on that plane for the first time, but sometimes it can turn into a crippling full blown panic attack. And that's not good at 35,000 feet up in the air.
The one thing that I have noticed about boarding a plane for the first time, or even after many times, is that you never know when that fear is going to hit you. Its one of those things that sometimes you just cannot control. I remember distinctly a woman sitting behind me on the way back from Corfu.
We had to fly through an electric storm. I first noticed a sort of tapping on the back of my seat, and turning around I noticed that she was not tapping but shaking in her boots! The plane was seesawing through the air, all that turbulence, and she was rocking in rhythm! She didn't just have a fear of flying, she was absolutely petrified! I am still not sure to this day whether it was just the flying, or the storm. Maybe both. Her husband wasn't doing a very good job of helping her, all he did was pat her on the shoulder and say there, there!
I don't think anybody who has never had a fear of flying can actually understand the terror that goes through your head when you are bouncing up and down in your seat in turbulance. Just because you are told it's a normal part of flying, it will not necessarily mean you understand that, and calm down.
So what can you do?
How Do You Stop Your Fear Of Flying?
Things to do to Stop that Fear of Flying
- Always presume that you are going to have a panic attack on the plane. This may sound dumb but hear me out. Its best to come prepared. you don't want to be too confident and then fall into little pieces when you board the plane. Plan your fear action.
- A few weeks before flying, start relaxation techniques. Breathing in and out slowly while imagining you are on the plane. Listen to CDs of soothing music while practising in your mind how you are going to sit, stand, listen and watch that plane take off. The power of suggestion is a great way to overcome your fear of flying.
- Visit the airport a few times before you travel. Watch all the planes taking off and landing, it sure puts it into perspective when you see how many people fly each day.
- Think about the cabin crew. Just think, how many times do they do the same trip every day, or week? They wouldn't put themselves in danger deliberately would they? If they thought that flying was so dangerous they would be in another job!
- Buy over the counter calm tablets. Make sure that any medicine you take is compatible with them first though. We don't want you flying without the plane!
- When you first enter the plane, take calming breaths and watch the other passengers. This may sound obvious, but it does help seeing them smiling and laughing. After the first few minutes of feeling claustrophobic, you will start to feel more relaxed.
- If you feel you need an alcoholic drink, just have the one. Remember, you are in a pressurised cabin, you don't want to end up drunk! Just the one will calm your nerves. Trust me, I know!
- Get a Cabin Crew member to sit with you. They will put your mind at ease better than anything else.
- Take note of all the Panic Instructions. Where are the doors? How do I put on a Life Jacket? etc. This may sound like counter productive, but believe me, it makes you feel more in control. Trust me.
- Watch an inflight film. Makes the time go much quicker. Or listen to music. Not heavy metal, that may just make it worse! Especially if you start head banging. Um.
- And last but not least, remember, There are more car accidents every day than there is in a plane. But you wouldn't stop driving, would you?
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Classic Twilight Zone Scene with William Shatner
William Shatner never actually said 'There's something on the wing some thing' It was poetic licence courtesy of Jim Carrey! He actually said 'There's a man out there'! So if you want to watch an Airplane film, Carrey is your man! laughing is great for stress!
There's Someone On the Wing... Some...Thing!
Things NOT to do to Stop that Fear of Flying
- DO NOT watch scary plane crash films in the weeks before you fly. Obvious? No. You wouldn't believe how many of us do that. Um!
- DO NOT drink too much alcohol to get yourself completely squiffy! As I said above, too much will affect you more because of the altitude. And the other reason is that it may not work. When you are sober you can control your emotions better. If drunk, you may just get a major panic attack and try to open the plane doors! Or get arrested. Enough said!
- DO NOT hyperventilate. For anybody who doesn't know what happens when you go hyper, you breath too quickly, then blood rushes too your head, and you pass out! Just remember, breath easily and slowly. It really does work.
- DO NOT get up in a panic and rush around the plane screaming, Let me out, Let me Out! Sounds drastic? It has been known to happen. If you feel as though you are going to burst a blood vessel with panic, call the air stewardess she will know how to calm you. Don't sit there until you think you are going to throw up. Ask for help. Just talking to one of them makes such a lot of difference. I have seen it. No, it wasn't me, honest!
- Take your medication if you have any, before you board the plane. And if you are allowed, take an aspirin too. They help to stop blood clots at the high altitude. This is sometimes what causes someone to panic. Will I get a blood clot? Can I breath at this altitude in a pressurised cabin, and so on. We don't want you scrabbling around in your bag trying to find your meds and then panicking even more.
- DO NOT lock yourself in the toilets thinking it will make you feel better. What's going to happen if you pass out? Yes, exactly!
- And last but not least, if you need to clutch hold of anything to alleviate your fear of flying, make sure its something like a stress ball. Not the person in front of you. One person in a panic is bad, two is catastrophic!
Are Breathing Exercises A Good Idea?
For some, breathing exercises do help in stressful situations, but there is another study on this matter that claims otherwise.
Captain Tom Bunn is an Airline pilot of 30 years, and an author who has studied various methods to overcome the fear of flight phobia. His program SOAR is designed to cure claustrophobia, panic attacks and anxiety.
To read more on this subject please click Here.
Fear of Flying? No way!
By taking notice of these tips on how to stop your Fear of Flying, you will learn how to enjoy the flight as well as the vacation. Its not much fun when you are scared, but it can be a terrific part of the holiday if you enjoy it. I know, it took me a while, but I ended up being so excited about the flight, I loved it as much as the vacation. In fact in one instance I sat staring down out of the window looking at the mountains, fields and even the little trains going through the villages. It was magical. I even got to see the Alps in full spectacular color. Wonderful.
So get rid of that Fear of Flying and find your wings. You will be glad you did.
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