5 Top Tips for Overcoming Flying Anxiety
Are you a fearful flyer? Do you want to know how to overcome fear of flying in airplanes? Whether you experience mild airplane anxiety, a full-blown flying phobia, or something in between, we have collected a selection of the best tips to help you overcome your fears, distract yourself from them or simply, manage them better.
Avoid the Stress of Rushing For Your Flight
Getting to the airport early can help avoid the stress of rushing. Allow for traffic delays en-route and any potential delays during luggage and security checks. A relaxed check-in and unhurried boarding will enable you to feel much calmer before the flight begins.
Don’t Try to Hide Your Travel Fears
Cabin staff are approachable and helpful so if you are worried, don’t be afraid to ask questions. Do not be embarrassed, however trivial you think your question may sound, if it is a real concern, staff should deal with it sensitively. They will be able to explain and reassure you.
Relax your Muscles To Reduce Flying Stress
A technique called Progressive Muscle Relaxation, (http://stress.about.com/od/generaltechniques/ht/howtopmr.htm) is simple to learn and with a little practice, is very good for reducing all the tension in your body. You only need about five minutes to learn the basics and can find simple instructions by following the link provided. With repeated use of this technique, you can feel the relaxation flowing through your body almost immediately.
Distractions Help You Feel Less Anxious When Flying
Distracting yourself from a worry, whatever it might be, is usually successful (in the short-term at least) and the same goes for airplane fears. Take a puzzle book or novel, a paperback or your Kindle. Alternatively, a computer game you can immerse yourself in, even the in-flight movie is worth a look on a longer flight.
Try a Snooze On The Plane
Being able to switch off and snooze for all, or at least part, of a flight, can be a great way to prevent you torturing yourself with all those nagging worries when you are scared of flying. To help you nod off, over the counter products such as Bach Flower Remedies or herbal remedies containing Valerian could be the answer if you do not want to take prescription meds.
Noise-cancelling earphones and a good ‘blackout’ eye mask should also help you to drift off to sleep. A window seat could also help, as you will not be disturbed if neighboring passengers need to leave their seat for a bathroom break or to stretch their legs.
Remember Why You Are Flying
Finally, remembering why you are putting yourself in the stressful situation of taking a plane trip can be very helpful in reducing anxiety and fear of flying. By thinking about the family you are going to see, the great vacation you are going to have, or even the business deal you are going to close, you can put your fears in perspective. Keeping your focus on the reward at the end of the trip really does help.
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