10 Powerful Ways to Beat your Fear of Flying!

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oes the thought of flying bring on a wave of anxiety? If you’re afraid of flying, you are not alone! A Fear of Flying is actually quite         common! According to an abcNEWS article, up to 25 percent of Americans have flight anxiety.

So it’s surprising most have no ideal how handle their fear. Do you know how to over come your fear of flying?

 

Airplane in take off

Fortunately here are some simple ways for you to relax while in the air. There is no reason that you cannot overcome your fear of flying, so lets get to work!

Skip the pre-flight caffeine and booze

It might seem like a good idea to knock back a few drinks pre-flight. But, If you have a fear of flying drinking before a trip isn’t a good idea. Alcohol makes it harder to adjust to altitude and time zone changes.

We also recommend avoiding pre-flight caffeine. Caffeinated drinks can make you extra jittery. Coffee jitters can mimic the symptoms of anxiety, so it’s better to skip the lattes and expressos.

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If you can tolerate sugar, you might want to consider a piece of fruit or dark chocolate. Healthy sugars in moderation can help calm your nerves.

Eating sugar sends out pleasure signals. And, these happy hormones can override the cortisol in your body.

However, this is not free license to send yourself into a sugar coma! Too much or artificial sugar can make you hyper. So, if you choose this route to calm your nerves, be sure to reach for a healthy option.

Other soothing options can be a high fat low carb snack like cheese or sliced meats.

Healthy snacks balance the chemicals caused by a fear of flying !

Drinks and Snacks to Choose:  

Calming tea is a great soother for a fear of flying

Front view of Justin's Dark Chocolate Peanut butter cup

Put a Name to it: Figure out Exactly what You are Afraid of 

Check in with yourself and question where your fear of flying comes from. Try to figure out what makes you anxious about flying.

It’s hard to fix a problem that you don’t understand. It’s kinda like trying to find the answer to an equation with too many missing variables.

Start by narrowing down what triggers your flight anxiety. Are you concerned about the takeoff and landing? Are you worried about feeling claustrophobic? The Turbulence?

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To narrow down what you are afraid of, try journaling. Stream of consciousness writing can help you get to the root of the issue. With this type of writing put everything that comes to mind about flying on paper. From here you can take steps to address what comes up.

Woman reading a book to distract from her fear of flying

Try Midful Journaling and Meditation

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Kate Spade NY Dipped Journal: Nordstrom

Prepare for What’s in store: 

Turbulence is a common and normal part of flying. The plane starts to shake when it that hits an air pocket. Even though turbulance is natrual and safe, it can be unsettling.

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That’s why we recommend checking the turbulance report before you fly. Turbcast (iTunes, $1.99) is an app, designed to analyze weather patterns and give you an idea of what to expect. Apps like Turbcast can help you to manage your feaby letting you know what’s coming rather than leaving you in the dark.

If you see that there is turbulance up a head, we recommend taking these action steps. 

  1. Let the Cabin crew know of your fears
  2. Talk it out with your travel buddes
  3. Be Determined to stay positive ( visualize the best * read more below )
  4. Take: A healthy snack, a soothing herbal supplement, or a sleep aid
  5. Get lost: in a book / movie / mustic / coloring book or your dreams !
Turbulance can trigger a fear of flying, but there is nothing to worry about! Ease your mind with these tips.

Talk it out! 

It is a good idea to tell other people about your fears. Sometimes by talking out your fears they become smaller. Be sure to let the cabin crew know what’s going on.

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The crew can be a big help. The stewards and stewardesses travels often and can give you extra help if you need it.

Don’t forget to share with your family and friends! The support of loved ones can make all the difference.

Talk to other people about your fear of flying, it can help you kick it to the curb!

Be Determined to Stay Positive

A lot of anxiety is about seeing the worst, most dramatic, problem occurring even if it is unlikely.

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Pre-flight, take the time to visualize the exact opposite of your worries.

For example: see yourself packing everything you need, seamlessly dropping your bags off at the luggage checkpoint. Then painlessly walking through security and boarding your flight. Followed by a smooth take off flight and landing. See yourself using your in-flight tools to diffuse anxiety and how they will work flawlessly for you. Try, not only to see yourself as calm and relaxed, but feel how good this feels.

Also, another visualization that helps while on board is to visualize your destination. The key is to get your mind off any of your fears and focus on why you are traveling in the first place!

Positivity beats a fear of flying like none other!

Review the Safety Information

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Now, don’t start envisioning the worst, but it is a good idea to read your airline’s safety information.

By giving yourself the tools to handle the “worst case scenario,” you should be able to take comfort in knowing that you know what to do when it matters most.

Saftely info can be helpful to reduce a fear of flying. Knowledge is power!

Bring an item that makes you feel safe :

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Stack the cards in your favor and bring an item that makes you feel safe and secure while flying.

With all of the cortisol and stress hormones that come with fear, having an item that feels comforting can help.

My favorite go-tos are a plush blanket like those to the right, a necklace my mother gave me, and to look at photos of my friends while in-flight.

Bring a source of comfort with you like a cozy blanket!

Distract, Distract, Distract yourself

Traveling with ease comes down to how well you occupy your mind while flying.

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  • Listening to a meditation tape with noise canceling headphones.
  • Coloring in a meditation, or just plain fun, coloring book!
  • Get carried away in a good story with:
    • A book
    • An Audio Tape
    • A Movie you’ve been dying to see!
Distract yourself! What you think of grows so do anything but think of your fear of flying while on a flight

The Power of Supplements:

Herbal supplements can be a powerful and effective means of treating anxiety and its related symptoms.

At a mild level, drinking relaxing teas such as Camomille, peppermint or licorice tea can help you relax.

Traveling with ease comes down to how well you occupy your mind while flying.

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Then from here, you can take a step up to St. John’s Wort, Holy Basil or Scullcap, which may be more effective at calming your nerves.

If you have trouble sleeping during your flight, melatonin or valerian can help you get some much-needed rest.

Then, post-flight, for recovery, flower tinctures and powdered vitamin packets can help your nervous system return to normal after a spike in Cortisol.

Natural Supplements are great for a fear of flying

Last resort Remedies on the Ready:

If none of the above tips help you relax, it is useful to have one or two ” last- ditch effort ” relaxation remedies on hand for the severely anxious flier.

Some doctors will prescribe fast-acting medications for nervous fliers, but be aware that each medication has side effects and may leave you feeling groggy and out of sorts post-flight.

 

The Bottom line:

Being afraid of flying is nothing to be ashamed of, many are in the same boat as you. A fear of flying is one of the most common fears. 

Although it takes a bit of work, overcoming and managing your fear is totally possible! All you need to do is put in the proper preparation and you will be well on your way to flying without fear. 

Staying engaged with your fear, in a healthy way is empowering. By working to beat your fear of flying you take back the power and will be free in no time! 

As always, thank you for reading! And please let us know if these tips help, they’ve helped us on our way and would love to hear if you have any other ideas! 

Finally Free! Conquering your fear of flying is epic!

If you want to conquer fear, don’t sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.

Dale Carnegie

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