Conquer and Overcome Your Fear of Flying

Aerophobia - Fear of Flying

Many people struggle with overcoming their fear of flying. While learning to overcome the fear of flight may not seem like an easy task, there are certainly a few effective ways in which a person can defeat their constant phobia of being up in the air.

It is not uncommon for people to experience some degree of fear about flying, also known as aerophobia, given the explicit news that follow any airline fatalities. Studies have shown that one in every six persons were afraid to fly.

The fear of flying stems from a number of factors that includes a fear of height, enclosed spaces and crowded conditions. How people respond to this fear is as varied as the reasons why people have apprehension around the airborne experience. A common reaction to dealing with it is to completely avoid air travel.

The key to defeating your fears is to recognize the common symptoms and learn how to keep it under control. If you are determined to overcome your fears of flying and not let it affect your way of life, there are ways that will help you in alleviating your flying phobia.

Here are some simple and helpful tips for the fearful flier to overcome his or her fear of flying.

Educate Yourself

Often, it is the lack of concrete information or understanding that causes our mind to fear for the worst. One way to conquer your fear of flying is to equip yourself with substantial background knowledge on air travel and airplanes. This includes an airplane's backup systems, the rigors of test flights and security. The more informed you are about the mechanics of aircrafts and air travel, the higher the chances of you feeling at ease before, during and after a flight.

Luckily, doing your own research is incredibly easy. In the age of information, the Internet is the perfect tool where you can find a rich pool of educational resources available online.

Think Positively

Do not underestimate the power of positive thinking. Turn your state of mind towards the positive by using optimistic words in your inner dialogues with yourself. Disregard any thoughts on negativity about flying. There are many who fall into the common trap of anticipating what might happen instead of focusing on what is actually happening in the present. Remember, negative feelings will induce more apprehension in you. So always be optimistic and allow yourself to relax.

Keep Your Mind Distracted

If you have difficulty with positive thinking, you can certainly try occupying your mind with something that is productive. Read a book, listen to peaceful and calming music on your iPod or mp3 player, watch a movie, take a nap or do a crossword puzzle. If there’s anything constructive that can prevent your mind from dwelling on your phobia of flying, go ahead and do it!

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Don't Hide Your Fear

Instead of suffering in silence, tell the airport staff when you check in, the flight attendant when you board and the passengers you're sitting with that you're nervous. There is nothing to be embarrassed about. What you need is comfort and support; any given to you will definitely be helpful.

In addition, as you talk to the in-flight crew about your phobia, ask them to seat you near the wings or at the front of the cabin. Turbulence is usually greater at the back of the airplane, although it’ll help you if you think of them as bumps in the road.

Do Breathing Exercises

One of the most effective methods of overcoming your fear of flying is to breathe deeply. Whenever you’re feeling nervous, your body tenses up, your breath quickens and your heart races. To calm your nerves, try this simple breathing exercise. Take a slow, deep breath through your nose. Hold it in, and then exhale slowly. Perform each step to the count of five and repeat the exercise a few times until you feel relaxed. This is an extremely easy technique for calming yourself.

There is no reason to completely avoid air travel because of your fears. You can certainly overcome it! By following these simple tips to combat your fear of flying, you can ultimately transform your anxiety into comfort and confidence.

Inspirational Quotes on "Overcoming Fear".. 

"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face..., the danger lies in refusing to face the fear, in not daring to come to grips with it...You must make yourself succeed every time. You must do the thing you think you cannot do."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

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