We at the Eze Group entertain many of our clients here on Tenerife. While we all know you can sail to Tenerife, most of our clients get here by aeoroplane and some of them might just suffer from a bit of flying anxiety. Today we welcome guest blogger and flight anxiety expert Ryan Rivera. Ryan has some tips that just might help you overcome those tarmac jitters.
Fear of Flying
Traveling can be a fun-filled experience. Many people love to travel because they get the chance to see wonderful places and meet new friends. However, there are those who despise the thought of traveling. This is true especially if they know that they need to be aboard on an airplane to be able to reach their destination. If flying is such a beautiful experience to some, it can also be a totally nerve-racking experience to people who have this fear of flying.
In most cases, the fear of flying brings with it some other types of fear. Some people’s fear of flying stem from their fear or being inside enclosed spaces or claustrophobia. Others develop the fear of flying because of their fear of heights. There are also those who are too afraid to fly because they think about being hijacked or crashed in mid-air. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to relieve one from the fear of flying. Some of these are the following:
This may seem difficult to do once you are already inside the plane. But, you need to do things that will lessen your symptoms of anxiety while traveling. It would also be helpful if you request your chosen comfortable seat upon booking your flight. See to it that you can freely move your feet while sitting. Your carry-on bags must be placed on your lap not on the floor in front of you. Bring your comfy socks or small favorite pillow. Carrying small things from home during your travel would be like bringing your comfort zone with you.
Bring anything with you that will help you get distracted from thinking about your fears. Bring a crossword puzzle to make your mind busy with something wholesome. Bring your iPod and listen to your favorite music. If possible, make a conscious effort of talking to the person beside you. Avoid doing nothing all throughout the duration of the flight. Find ways to make your mind busy thinking about something else.
Once your anxiety starts to creep in, breathe deeply. Deep breathing must be done from your diaphragm. Do this several times until you sense that your chest feels lighter. If you want, you may close your eyes while doing deep breathing. This will help you become more focused on the way you breathe and lets you forget about your fearful thoughts. Deep breathing is also an effective way to ward off any symptoms of panic attacks.
You should avoid drinking coffee before and during the flight. Coffee contains a stimulant that makes you even more anxious. Studies have already proven the fact that coffee can indeed make you feel jittery. It would be better to drink an herbal tea which provides a calming effect.
Your fear of flying will only be exacerbated if you keep entertaining those negative thoughts that enter your mind. Once you notice these negative thoughts, be quick enough to steer your mind away from it. Instead of worrying, think of all the good things that await you upon your arrival. Of course, you are traveling because you have this “good” purpose in mind. Therefore, think of the ways on how you can achieve your goals for traveling. This will help you look at the positive side of traveling and of being in that airplane.
The fear of flying is often caused by ruminating thoughts of an impending danger. This is the reason why you need to counter these thoughts with logical thinking. Keep in mind that all airplanes are thoroughly checked before the flight. Therefore, rest assured that the airplane is in good condition. This will help ease your mind from thinking about the possibility of experiencing an airplane crash. Most of all, airplanes are one of the safest modes of transportation being used by millions of people around the world. So, why would you be afraid of it?
The fear of flying is real. You have to be aware that you are not the only person who is suffering from this predicament. However, applying those abovementioned tips will definitely help you become more comfortable during your flight.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera used to suffer from anxiety attacks for seven years. He now dedicates his life helping other anxiety sufferers through his writings. You can read more of his articles at Calm Clinic.