If you’ve ever been gripped by an unexplained fear or sense of paranoia setting in minutes before a flight, you’re not alone. I’m not saying I’m a nervous flyer, I’m saying there are others out there who feel the same way. Not me, but them.
Over time, I’ve seen nervous flyers avoid taking the plane because they think it’s the saner thing to do, and in some cases, trust me it is. Sometimes the hassle and anxiety is just not worth it. There are other ways to travel, until there aren’t. Some distances can’t be covered realistically, if not by plane – so what do you as a nervous flyer do? Avoid those places? No. you get on that plane, and you fly, anxiously though, but you do; and that’s something quite brave, we all have some things we’re afraid of, yet some of us aren’t brave enough to face our fears, let alone fight them.
So here are 5 tips for the battle veterans that nervous flyers are, to make every flight a rewarding experience, rather than a punishing one.
The most crucial part of the entire process of being on a plane starts with the decision to travel and ticket confirmations 😛 So take your time with thinking about how you’ll get on the plane, it’ll take off, and land at the destination, without any glitches rather than letting your imagination run wild with what could go wrong.
The first step towards side stepping a bout of anxiety is to be calm and remind yourself that everything is going to be okay.
Unless you forget your passport.
So double check your baggage checklist before you leave and you’ll have fewer things to get riled up over.
2. Allow yourself to be distracted
This is where in-flight entertainment, music and a good book can come in handy. If looking out at the clouds makes you feel better, look outside the window; but if they’re going to remind you of how high up in the sky you are, then don’t look outside the window. The point is to do what relaxes you. Ideally falling asleep is the best thing, provided that you can relax enough to fall asleep. Avoid coffee and caffeinated drinks as they’ll only set you more at edge, opt for water instead.
3. Use an app
There are games to play, books to read, and contacts to sift through. So while you’re on the plane, and your device is around you and switched on, make the best use of it to keep yourself occupied.
4. Remember that the panic attack will pass
Most nervous flyers are afraid of what will happen if they have a panic attack, here’s what will happen, the panic attack may occur, but it will be over in a short while and won’t last the duration of the flight. So don’t worry about what will happen, because the air crew have got it covered, they see a lot of nervous flyers and know how to deal with the situation delicately.
5. Focus on the positives
Instead of being on a plane and imagining the worst case scenario, mentally compliment yourself on your bravery to take up the journey regardless of your fear of it, think about how this is going to make you a less nervous flyer in the future. You can also think about all the places you’ll see, people you’ll meet, food you’ll eat and so on, so your mind doesn’t side track and let fear get the better of you.