Years ago I had a terrible fear of flying. The thought of getting onto a plane actually made me nauseous. I had such a terrible fear of flying that I avoided it completely until I was 20 years old. When Christmas break arrived that fateful year I was offered a plane ticket to fly into New York City. My fear of flying was a major reason as to why I had never seen the city and I decided right there that it was time to end my phobia. Once I finally defeated my fear I realized that flying wasn’t all that bad.
Like many other phobias a fear of flying isn’t uncommon. Also like other fears this particular one can be beaten. Here are some tips so you or someone you know can overcome a fear of flying.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #1: Make your first flight a rather short one
No matter how confident you are in your ability to overcome your fear it is still important to give yourself a fighting chance. My first flight from Buffalo to JFK Airport was less than an hour long. The short trip kept me from freaking out too much because I knew that the end was relatively close. Just like with anything you must learn to crawl before you can learn to run. Nobody makes his first race a marathon, after all. A short flight will keep you from losing control while on the plane.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #2: Spend some time pre-flight imagining the flight going well
This might sound like some psychological nonsense but doing this will help you to remain calm while you’re waiting to board the plane as well as when you’re actually in the air. Truth be told most people have a fear of something such as flying because they imagine a dreadful event taking place such as the plane going down. Imagining the flight being smooth will keep those thoughts from flooding your brain.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #3: Be entertained on the flight
Jet Blue may be the last airline I would consider flying at the moment but one thing I always loved about their airplanes was the satellite television available for every passenger. Something such as this is the perfect distraction for the person fearful of flying. I would recommend bringing a music player or maybe even a laptop or DVD player if you have one. These options are better than reading material because they offer a greater distraction.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #4: Don’t go alone
The worst thing for a person with a fear of flying to do is to take their first flight by themselves. It is important to have that friendly face next to you as a reassurance that everything will be fine. Having a friend with you on the plane also gives another distraction to the actual event of flying. I was lucky enough to have the wife with me on my first flight. A seasoned veteran when it comes to flying, she helped to keep me calm.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #5: Reserve a seat with more room
Many people have a fear of flying because they get claustrophobic in an enclosed area. To this day I always try my best to reserve a seat with more legroom. Not feeling so trapped helps a person to relax and thus not be so afraid.
How To Overcome A Fear Of Flying Tip #6: Cancel if it’s your first flight and the weather is going to be bad
This is undoubtedly a huge inconvenience but should definitely be considered if a storm is predicted. If you’ve never flown before and the forecast calls for a blizzard chances are that your flight will at the very least be delayed anyway. The last thing a person with a fear of flying needs is for their first experience in the air to be a traumatic one. If delaying the flight until the skies clear up is possible then do so.
I thought I would never overcome my fear but once I did I found flying to be a tranquil experience. It is no more stressful than driving a car on a busy highway. Utilizing these tips helped me to conquer my fear and hopefully can do the same for you.