Fear of flying is one of the world’s more common irrational fears. Everyone knows the statistics on air travel, that it is safer even than auto travel, but the fear is a deep-rooted emotional one rather than one based on reason or intellect. Facts and statistics cannot mitigate this type of fear. Anyone who has experienced a fear of flying knows that it can make the days leading up to a holiday and the last few days of a holiday a complete nightmare as the thought of flying gets nearer and nearer. Having experienced it myself and then having had to take numerous flights to London from Australia on business I found that there were certain things I could do to make it go a little easier. For anyone going through the same thing I have compiled this list of five top-notch tips to cope with the fear of flying.
Take Control of Your Flight
Getting educated is not only a distraction from your emotional responses, it is a way to feel you have seized control of the situation. Study the type of airplane in which you will be traveling, and familiarize yourself with its layout. Choosing an aisle seat is a good choice for most people with a fear of flying, as you will feel less claustrophobic when seated on the aisle, and, perhaps more importantly, you will not be able to look out the window to see just how high in the sky you are.
Focus on the Positive
For emotional concerns, an emotional solution is the best one. Instead of concentrating on your fear, fill your mind with thoughts of the wonderful things you will do and the people you will see once you arrive at your destination. Visualization is a powerful tool, and relaxing into daydreams will both ease your tension and make the time seem to go by faster.
Plan Ahead and Leave Yourself Plenty of Time
Airport security is time-consuming and stressful for every traveler these days. By getting to the airport with a lengthy cushion of time to spare, you can avoid creating additional anxiety and stress for yourself. You are already nervous; you do not need to feel you are racing against the clock to board your flight on time.
Bring Along Distractions
An engaging book and your favorite music can help you relax and even enjoy your trip. In our busy lives, we rarely find time to sit and quietly enjoy a great read, so why not take advantage of this block of time? Books and music both can distract our worried minds and transport us to different worlds, all without leaving our seats.
Talk to Your Doctor
For extreme cases of flying-related anxiety, these techniques may not be enough to help you cope. See your physician before you leave on your trip, and he can provide you with additional ideas or even prescribe you a mild sedative to keep your nerves at bay.