How to overcome your fear of flying

Scared of flying? If you’re reading this there’s a good chance you are and if you don’t want to miss your next flight because your anxiety took over and didn’t let you board the plane, read on.

Whether you have a fear of crashing, claustrophobia or you’re scared of having a panic attack onboard, you can overcome aviophobia. The trick is Dr. Martin Seif, experienced specialist in treating flying phobia, says to step onto the plane with knowledge. Having the actual facts about flying puts you in the driving seat over your fear.

Planes are built to go through any natural element and make it safely on the other side.

Little things such as knowing that Rolls-Royce engines are designed with 99.999% reliability or that even in the highly unlikely event of engine failure the plane could still be landed safely, is what puts you in charge of your flight experience.

And while it may be easy to get tunnel vision on your flight alone, just remember, the chances of being part of a plane crash are one in 10 million which also ranks along the line of your odds of being fatally struck by lightning or becoming an astronaut.

When turbulence occurs rather than thinking about its intensity or duration, just refer to the above - you’re safe and sound, focus on controlling your fear not the turbulence.

Similarly to how knowing these simple truths will help you gain control over your fears, identifying what triggers your anxiety plays a major role.

Next time you’re in a situation of the sort, focus on the triggers that set you off. Identifying what activates your unease, will help you better anticipate and manage it. Carrying a simple elastic band around your wrist to ping your hand when triggers occur can be a very efficient way of distracting yourself. In most cases your anxiety is greatest during the period leading up to your flight but is significantly lesser during it.

If you’re feeling anxious about flying in the comfort of your two feet touching the ground, then logically it’s not flying that scares you, it’s the thought of it.

Another fascinating trick that your mind plays on you is that it masks fear as danger. Your body responds to both sensations in a similar fashion and that is why it’s important that you distinguish between the two. While it is necessary that danger cause alert, it is also equally important that you don’t let fear manipulate you into feeling in danger.

Remember to also share your fears as well as what helps alleviate the stress with the people traveling next to you as this will prepare them and also give them the chance help you out should they need to.

Most importantly however, like any other fear, the only way of coping with is by tackling it head on. Embrace the anxiety and appreciate every flight because it gives you the chance to come on top of your negative emotions and have the fulfilling journey you’ve been looking forward to!