Flying can be a source of fear and tension for some people. Some of the reasons for this can be a feeling of loss of control, claustrophobia, panic attacks, fear of heights, or fear of death. Generally, this fear arises from not being properly informed about flying and aircraft. In fact, aircraft are among the safest and most comfortable means of transport. By learning more about flying and trying to keep calm, fear of flying can be overcome.
Measures you can take against fear of flying
The best way to beat fear of flying is to keep your mind occupied and stress under control. By using the techniques below, you'll enjoy a comfortable and stress-free flight.
- Be sure to listen to your reason, not your feelings. 99.9% of flights encounter no problems whatsoever.
- When you start to worry, make sure you tell yourself you are perfectly safe. Focus on the things you're going to enjoy when you arrive at your destination.
- If something is worrying you, talk to the cabin crew about it. The reasoned explanation they’ll provide should help you relax.
- Make sure you have any personal belongings with you which make you feel more at ease. These might include a small blanket, pillow, shall, slippers or a comfortable t-shirt. Your favorite soft toy or food can also make feel more relaxed.
- Listen to some soothing music or the sounds of nature via the in-flight entertainment system to help you relax. Close your eyes, pull up your blanket, try to relax your muscles and take deep breaths. Focus on the music or sounds you're listening to.
- If you feel as if you're going to lose control of your emotions or your concentration, do some simple exercises to relieve stress.
- Doing some in-cabin exercises will help burn the excess energy which may be causing stress. Starting with your feet, tense each muscle as much as you can, working your way up through your body. Keep your muscles tense for as long as you can, then slowly relax them. Drink a little water, take some deep breaths and repeat this exercise if needed.
- After take-off, do something to take your mind off flying. Watch a film, listen to music, eat something, or read a book or magazine. Taking your mind off flying will help you stay relaxed. You could also try chatting with someone, solving crosswords, playing games, or using your laptop or tablet to help stay relaxed.
- Tell yourself you enjoy flying. Keep your thoughts positive and smile. Take your seat, and reassure yourself that you're safe.
- Try to sleep. This is especially important on long-haul flights.