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BEST 9 Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Flying

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Overview

1   Understand Your Fear

Take some time and think about precisely what gives you a stomachache when you fly. Is it because you have to hand over control to the pilot, have watched too many movies, or have already experienced severe turbulence? Or the whole thing in itself? The more accurately you know your anxiety, the better you can help yourself. There are some excellent and very helpful books.

2   Insider Audiobooks

Lovefly – The podcast helps you understand what noise comes, why, and where. A coach with years of experience runs this podcast; thanks to his insider knowledge, even aircraft movements no longer need to put you on alert because, after this podcast, you'll know: Everything is safe.

3   Take a Look Inside

There are some ingenious and helpful videos on YouTube about what exactly happens in the cockpit during a flight and when. To see and understand all this helps a lot. We can recommend this YouTube channel from a pilot view.

4   Book Your Perfect Seat

There is at least a close approximation to the perfect seat: directly on the aisle, you have more room to breathe and more legroom. In the middle of the plane, you feel the minor vibrations. The aircraft is most stable where the wings are attached to the fuselage, and you hardly notice the control forces there. If all seats in the middle are already booked, take a seat in the front. There you will feel less turbulence than in the rear.  

5   Let the Staff Know

Whether boarding or when boarding is complete, let the flight attendants know. They are trained in dealing with “anxiety patients” and will keep an eye on you. They can also react quickly if the situation gets out of hand. We have also experienced a flight attendant sitting next to a passenger during takeoff, landing, and chatting with him. It helped the passenger a lot.

6   Distract Yourself

Pack a distraction bag:

In short, anything you find exciting and distracting. Pack the bag a few days before the flight and put it with your luggage. Chatting with the person sitting next to you, a gripping movie, an exciting audiobook, or your favorite music also help as distractions.

7   Relaxation Exercises

First, the proper sitting posture: Sit straight and put your legs on the floor at a 90-degree angle. This allows you to breathe in and out deeply, counting slowly to 4 each time and feeling your pulse slowly calm down. You can also pull your shoulders up to your ears and hold your breath in this position for ten seconds. When you exhale, let your shoulders hang loosely again. Try special techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation. Here, you consciously tense and relax certain muscle groups, which provides relaxation. 

8   Let Nature Help You

With a few drops of lavender oil on your wrists or sweater, the scent is calming and relaxing. Herbal medicine like high-dose passionflower extract that is well tolerated also will help. Or Kalanchoe Pinnata (Bryophyllum Pinnatum) liquid also helps some sufferers. Medicine that knocks you out is not recommended. Because in case of an emergency, you are not clear. In addition, the jet lag is stronger.

9   Course or Hypnosis, Maybe?

There are excellent offers from experienced coaches, which some airlines offer directly. In such seminars, you learn what an airplane can do, where the noise comes from, and why an airplane reacts as it does in the air, thus overcoming your fear. Fear of flying is not a part of you; it hinders and limits you! Therefore, believe in yourself and face your fear because you can only win.

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