Many people refuse to board a plane. They would rather not go to an important event rather than confront their fear of flying. Or they opt for the more inconvenient or time-consuming means of travel such as automobile or train.
In their article, you’ll see whether fear of flying is a phobia or a rational fear. You’ll also discover a number of triggers and how the psychology of a fear of flying works. It also discusses ways to overcome the fear of flying. Here are a few highlights:
- Curb your imagination.
- Think about the destination, not the journey.
- Meditate to calm yourself.
- Challenge negative thoughts.
- Drink plenty of water and limit alcohol and caffeine.
- Accept that you cannot control everything.
- Maintain a positive attitude.
- Talk to the cabin crew.
- Learn about what is triggering your anxiety.
- Study positive information about flying and the fear of flying.
- Talk to someone about the problem.
I also appreciated the information for helping children overcome their fear of flying so that it doesn’t become a phobia. Here are a few highlights:
- The most important thing to do is to talk to your child and to slowly introduce them to the thought of flying.
- Explain what turbulence is, fog and other things which might affect the flight.
- Take them to the airport to watch real planes take off and land.
- Let them bring a comfort item, books and toys for distraction.
Miami Helicopter also shares a vast amount of sources, so you can learn more. I encourage you to read their article. I can’t imagine the richness of life I would miss if I refused to fly. Fears and phobias can be overcome. If this is something you struggle with and you live near Portland, OR/Vancouver, WA please feel free to contact my office and schedule an appointment.
Read more on my website: Conquering Fears and Phobias.