TOP 7 WAYS TO OVERCOME
YOUR FEAR OF FLYING
Fear of flying is one of the most common phobias in the world, that’s why we’ve rounded up the top 7 ways to overcome your fear of flying and beat those boarding woes. With 25% of the world’s population suffering from such a phobia, many are missing out on fun-loving holidays with family, friends and loved ones – and we can’t have that! Our travel tips are sure to help you have a less stressful journey, whether you’re flying to a far-flung destination or planning a short haul summer holiday. Simply follow these rules and you’ll be heading for the runway before you know it!
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LEARN HOW FLYING WORKS
An effective way of beating your flying fear is, actually, learning a little about how planes work. Fear of the unknown is usually a major culprit when it comes to negative thoughts creeping into your head, so getting clued up before you travel is worthwhile. Whether you recite facts about airline safety or discover how they’re built, you’ll find that a lot of previously un-answered questions suddenly make sense.
THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT
Communicating your level of distress to a flight attendant can be difficult, particularly if you don’t want to worry the people around you. Well, you no longer have to worry, as there’s an app for that! Whether you experience extreme anxiety when flying, want to make your journey easier or need a little in-flight distraction – simply switch on and enjoy a stress-free flight. SOAR, ANA Takeoff Mode and VALK are helpful apps to start with including everything from in-built panic buttons to immersive gameplay and detailed facts.
BE SEAT SMART
Fear of flying can often be related to feelings of claustrophobia so be sure to plan your in-flight seat wisely. Where possible, book an aisle seat or request a seat with sufficient legroom. If you suffer from travel sickness, sitting on the wing can help lessen the ‘up and down movement’ of the planes axis, making it an all-round smoother ride. It’s a good idea to book in advance or ask the cabin crew about seating when you board.
CONCENTRATE ON YOUR DESTINATION
If you’re on your way to an exciting holiday then try and concentrate on how worth it the journey will be once you touch down in paradise. If you’re returning home, you can use this method by focusing on whatever you’re most looking forward to, whether it’s seeing your family, catching up with friends, being reunited with your pets or even sleeping in your own bed!
It can be tempting to keep your fear or flying to yourself - maybe you’re embarrassed to tell someone or you simply want to save others from worrying on your behalf - but the answer is not to hold it in. If you inform the stewards as soon as your board the plane, then they’ll be able to offer you the necessary support and look after you throughout the flight. Equally, explaining to those closest to you (whether they’re accompanying you on board or not) will help calm your nerves knowing they’re supportive of you.
LOWER YOUR ANXIETY LEVELS
While anxiety can be difficult to shift, you can take precautions before your flight to help reduce symptoms of panic and increase relaxation. Eliminating caffeine and stimulants such as energy drinks up to 72 hours before you fly can help keep you calm.
Sitting and worrying about all the things that could go wrong will get you nowhere. Make sure that you take enough entertainment with you on the flight to take your mind off the fact that you are actually flying. A good book or film is a great way to distract yourself.