Flying can be a really daunting part of travelling for people and even though I have been on a plane more times than I can count I have to admit it does still freak me out a little bit.
I think the hardest part for me is that I am not in control and that you have to put your trust in someone else. Having said that I would not say I have a fear of flying – I’m quite happy to fly on my own and once I’m up in the air I pretty much forget I’m on a plane to be honest.
Flying is a very common fear so as someone who has flown a lot I have put together my top 10 tips for calming that anxiety and getting on that plane:
1.Remember flying is the safest mode of transport -> despite all the big-budget films that are shown with plane crashes, flying is actually the safest mode of transportation. In fact, the odds of a plane crash are one for every 1.2 million flights, with odds of dying one in 11 million. When you compare this to your chances of dying in a car or traffic accident (one in 5,000) you do start to wonder why you’re worrying so much. Remind yourself of this every time before you get on a plane.
2.Don’t watch films with plane crashes before you go -> this is pretty self explanatory really, if you’re scared of flying the worst thing you can do is watch a film with a plane crash before you go. I remember watching the first episode of LOST before I flew to America and I did start freaking myself out. Obviously the flight was fine but it’s just not worth working yourself up even more.
3.Take some rescue remedy -> my mum swears by this stuff which uses Back Flower essences that are supposed to reduce stress and anxiety. You can get this is in either spray or pastel form and is definitely worth investing in.
4.Keep yourself busy -> The worst thing you can do while flying is just sit there and do nothing because then your mind just goes into overdrive and you start thinking the worst. Make sure you keep yourself busy – plug in some music, watch a film, read a book, do a crossword, just anything that is going to keep your mind off the thought of flying – you’ll be surprised how quickly time goes!
5.Make yourself known to the flight attendant-> If anyone can help calm your nerves it’s the flight attendant’s who fly everyday for a living. Usually they’re really helpful and friendly towards nervous flyers and will often keep a check on you throughout the flight to make sure you’re ok. Sometimes we just need a bit of reassurance.
6.Try and not sit near the back -> Turbulence doesn’t always happen but when it does it is suggested that it is slightly worse at the back of a plane. If this is what really scares you about flying then try and get a seat at the front or over the wings where turbulence is thought to be less of an issue.
7.Take control of your breathing -> When you’re anxious or nervous you will notice your breathing quickens. Make sure you take control of this by breathing slowly through your nose, allowing your tummy to expand, and then slowly exhale through your mouth. It’s also good to keep a bottle of water nearby to stay hydrated, take a sip every few minutes.
8.Book a course -> If you know flying is going to become a regular part of your life or you really cannot even contemplate the thought of getting on a plane then you can book a course to help overcome your fear. There are a range of courses available in the UK, from meditation classes through to individual courses. The longest running course in the UK is ‘Flying with Confidence’ by the well-know company British Airways which more than 45,000 people have taken – see we are a country of nervous flyers you aren’t alone!
9.Picture exactly what you’ll be doing when you get off that plane -> Visiting family, going home, cocktail on the beach or maybe trekking through the rainforest, every plane journey you take is going somewhere you want or need to go. Remember why you’re on this flight and start thinking what you’ll be doing once you land.
10.If all else fails? Get a huge class of wine! HA
I really hope some of these tips help with overcoming your fear of flying. Remind yourself of the facts about flying and how safe it really is and why you’re getting on that plane. Think of the destination, stay busy and it will be over before you know it. Have you got any other tips? Please feel free to share them!