Does the idea of taking to the skies make you break out in a cold sweat? Do you envision a catastrophe before you’re even airborne? You’re not alone. More than a quarter of Americans suffer some degree of flight anxiety or aerophobia, the fear of flying. Overcoming a fear of flying takes courage and practice, but it is possible. Once you conquer your fear of flying, you’ll have the confidence to jet anywhere your heart desires, filling your life with adventures and memories — and your passport with stamps. Second-guessing or canceling vacations due to your fear of air travel will be a thing of the past.
There are many triggers that can cause flight anxiety such as:
- mechanical noises
- misinformation about the risks of flying
- pain caused by pressure changes
- sadness for leaving home
One way you can overcome your fear of flying is by distracting yourself. Try keeping your mind and body occupied by listening to music, watching a movie, or reading a book to keep anxious thoughts at bay.
Sleeping also can help you escape nervous thoughts. Try utilizing noise-canceling headphones or ear plugs to help block out mechanical noises. Make yourself comfortable by wearing loose clothing and, if possible, choose a seat closer to the front of the aircraft where you’ll experience less turbulence.
Let the flight attendants know that you’re not too keen on flying. They may arrange for you to speak to the pilot for reassurance or take a quick tour of the cockpit. They may even provide extra attention while you’re aloft.
For more ways to quell your flight jitters, see the accompanying guide below.
Author bio: Michael Giesbrecht is Director of Marketing and Business Development for Latitude 33 Aviation, a private jet charter, aircraft management and aircraft sales company. He has 15 years of experience in the industry and focuses on helping clients enjoy the best of what private aviation has to offer.
Overcoming Flying Anxiety guide created Latitude 33 Aviation