End flying phobia and gain freedom. Use these tips to overcome the fear of flying and learn to enjoy travel - or at least become comfortable and peaceful.
Flying phobia is one of the most
When we get into a plane, we enter a small confined space with many other people we don’t know.
And we are clearly not in control.
But many people have learned to overcome their fears of flying!
1. Visualize a safe comfortable flight.
2. Start your trip rested.
3. Allow extra time for inevitable delays.
Allowing extra time reduces anxiety and enables us to stay more calm and relaxed. Plan to get to the airport early. Then if delays occur, you can still travel without the fear of missing your flight.
4. Get physical exercise before the flight.
I usually do this by going for a long walk in the airport while I am waiting to board the plane. Exercising to the point of mild fatigue helps me be more relaxed and willing to sit quietly on the plane during the flight.
5. Breathe slowly and deeply any time you start to feel frightened.
Fear, or perceived danger, triggers our bodies to go into a stress response of "fight or flight." But on a plane, fighting and running are really not an option. Breathing slowly and deeply resets our biochemistry so that we can relax and sit comfortably in our seats. This simple technique really helps relieve flying phobia.
6. Bring “comfort supplies” with you.
7. Stay hydrated.
Airplanes are very dry. From Ayurveda we know that even mild dehydration can make us more prone to all types of fear including fear of flying. For best results drink water and avoid caffeinated beverages and alcohol.
8. Take stretch breaks.
Whether you are traveling by car or plane, stretching and moving can ease the stressful feeling of being cooped up. It really lessens the discomfort and fear of flying to be able to stretch and move around.
9. Take a nap on the plane.
Sleeping on the plane enables the time to pass really quickly. It's my favorite way to travel.
Plane flights designated “red eye” tend to have fewer announcements and movies during the flight.
This allows the passengers to sleep and the travel to be more restful and peaceful.
10. To help avoid jet lag:
11. Learn more about the safety of Airplanes and Airports
Fear comes when we perceive danger. But often our fears are baseless, about things we don't really know or understand. So one way many people overcome their flying phobia or fear of flying, is to learn more about flying.
An easy way to do this is to take a free on line self help course at http://www.fearofflyinghelp.com.
Use these stress relief tips for fear of flying help. They can help make your travel less fatiguing, smoother and more comfortable. As your travel experiences become more comfortable and your understanding grows of how planes and airports protect your safety, your flying phobia will diminish.
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