People find it funny that I have a fear of flying when my dad himself is a pilot. Traveling the world is what I love doing the most, however, because I have this fear, a lot of my plans from the past gets cancelled when i am not flying with company. The anxiety and panic attacks that I have to deal with during the trips are enough to put me off from traveling any place too far away from home. Surprisingly, I am not the only traveler who gets uncomfortable on airplanes. Perhaps, every aspect of being in a plane, such as sitting in congested quarters, being literal miles up in the air, and not being in control makes me feel vulnerable. Therefore, with time, I have developed and honed seven techniques to overcome my fear of flying and you can also benefit from them by reading along:
1. Elucidate turbulence
On the known surface, turbulence seems frightening, but in reality, it is triggered by the same routine shifts in the wind that drill birds on a daily basis. Like birds, airplanes are built for it. It is admissible to mention that majority of the turbulence passengers encounter is astonishingly minimal compared to what the flying machine can withstand.
2. Having the right mindset and replacing your thoughts
Even though this can be very difficult at times, one needs to instill in their head that flying is safer than driving a car. That it is normal to experience turbulence, just like bumps while you are driving. You need to let go of the negativity in your thoughts. Repeat to yourself that you are safe and fine when you start thinking about everything that could go wrong. Eventually, you will be able to overcome your fear and fly without being on the verge of an anxiety attack.
3. Get a complete know-how of the built-in safety features
Becoming acquainted with how meticulously planes are designed to defy emergencies can be reassuring. Remember, the pilot and co-pilot are incredibly trained to cope with emergencies and go through recurrent training twice every year.
4. Have a glass of wine
This advice might raise many eyebrows as most believe that drinking alcohol during flights is not advisable. However, it is not illegal to drink alcohol while traveling in an airplane. Start by drinking moderately so as to not miss your flight or throw up while on the plane. I just drink a glass or two to calm me down and help me with my anxiety. Not only that, sometimes a glass of wine helps me sleep during the flight. I honestly find nothing wrong with drinking during your flight as long as you drink moderately.
5. Travel with friends who are not scared of flying
Nothing is more helpful than talking to a friend in the airplane. I find it very helpful when I travel with my best friends, and we spend the whole flight talking to each other. This helps take my mind off the fact that I’m in the air. This helps me eliminate the negative thoughts in my head because I am too busy chit chatting with her. Just make sure you are not too loud to avoid disturbing the people around you. Also, it is best to travel with someone who is not scared of flying so they can instill positivity in your thoughts.
Anxiety medications work efficaciously as sedatives, so all the noise and movement does not register as a thing to get worked up about. Also, make sure to visit a doctor for a prescription before flying. Alternatively, you can drink a glass (or two) of wine, but do not let the two get mixed.
7. Keep on flying!
The best way to get rid your anxiety of flying it is important that you increase the frequency of your trips. This will help you fight your fears and make your mind comprehend the fact that flying is as safe as any other travel option.