Ever got cold feet while boarding a plane?
Almost all people who walk on the face of this planet have one form or another of fear of flying. Whether it is because of all the graphic air fatalities in the news or you just have a downright fear of heights, it is never a good feeling to go up there when you’re shaking all over.
If you are a fearful flier, now might be the perfect time to learn some useful tips to lessen if not conquer this fear completely:
- Upon checking in, inform the gate agent about your fear. The flight attendant must be informed as well upon boarding and the other surrounding passengers before you sit down. This fear is something that you shouldn’t be ashamed of. In fact, support is what you need, not being frustrated because you suffer in silence.
- Just think of the turbulence as bumps in the road. Avoid fighting it or tensing up. Allow yourself to sway with the movements of the plane.
- Request for a seat at the front of the cabin if possible. Most of the time, turbulence is greater at the rear part of the aircraft. If your dread of flying is on extreme levels, never try to overcome the fear by going on a long flight. Go on the shortest flight possible and the biggest plane if possible.
- There are different classes for people who have fear of flying. There are instances when the final test is a real airplane flight. In the past, these classes were very expensive but with fares reaching their all time low, these classes will surely be more affordable these days.
- Keep yourself distracted. Watch a movie even if you already saw it or it is a bit bad. Get yourself engrossed in a book or solve a crossword puzzle. Do anything which can keep your mind busy and occupied so that you will not dwell on morbid possibilities.
- Say no to coffee and other kinds of caffeine products since a hyper state of mind only worsens you anxiety. However, try to drink other types of liquids since dehydration will only contribute to your fear. A glass of wine can calm the nerves although this must not be overdone as well.
- Put on your earphones and listen to calming and peaceful music. This is for your mind not to wander and hear inexistent sounds or noises which are perfectly normal during a flight.
- Breathe deeply for as often as possible. You can also use the sick bag as a form for anti-hyperventilating device.
- Try the rubber band technique. Have a rubber band worn around your wrist. Every time you feel a bit agitated, snap the band against your skin. This pain will bite but it will take your mind off the turbulence.
While conquering your fear is easier said than done, you can follow these tips to lessen the burden on your shoulder once you step inside the plane.