It’s estimated that nearly 25 million Americans suffer from aerophobia – the fear of flying.
From panic attacks to trembling and even shortness of breath – the fear of flying is so intense many people choose not to fly.
And if you are one of the Americans who struggle, before you give up flying for good, here are a few tips to help you survive your next flight.
Get To The Airport Early
The truth is – flying can be a stressful experience – especially as we navigate living in Biden’s “new normal.”
From security lines that wrap around the airport, to canceled flights – the airport is not a place of peace.
If you struggle with flying – consider arriving an extra hour early to the airport on top of the recommended arrival time.
This will, hopefully, lessen your stress and give you extra time to use the restroom, deal with gate changes, and get through security without having to sprint to make your flight.
If you board your flight in a more relaxed state (as opposed to angry and frantic) – you’re likely to have a more pleasant flying experience.
Educate Yourself On Airplane Safety Measures
If you are afraid of your plane crashing, consider reading up on some of the safety features on the plane – from learning how your emergency oxygen mask works to knowing where the exit doors are.
Just knowing these features exist might help lessen your anxiety.
And you may be encouraged to know you’re a lot safer in the air than driving.
It’s reported the annual risk of dying in a plane crash for an American is about 1 in 11 million…
… compared to 1 in 5,000 in a motor vehicle.
Choose Your Seat Wisely
If looking out into the sky and watching gigantic buildings become the size of tiny ants during take-off scares you – then don’t pick a window seat!
Or – if you find peace knowing exactly where you are at all times – an aisle seat might not be best.
Depending on which aspect of flying scares you – you can choose your seat to help minimize the stress.
Perhaps sitting towards the front of the plane makes you feel better since you’d be one of the first ones off.
Or you might like the extra room that comes with an emergency row.
If possible, select your seat when you book so you don’t run into surprises the day of the flight.
Find A Distraction
Do whatever you need to do to get through the flight.
For some – it’s listening to a guided meditation or getting lost in a good book.
Perhaps it’s taking a nap, or snacking on your favorite treat.
Others want to hear everything that’s going on so they can be “prepared.”
Do what works best for you.
Get Out And Fly!
The best way to overcome your fears is to face them head-on.
By choosing not to fly – you are missing out on the chance to see some of the most beautiful places in the world.
From the rolling Black Hills, to sparkling white sand dunes, to snow-covered mountain tops.
The fear of flying is real – but with a few adjustments you can face your fear once and for all and make your next flight not as terrifying – and perhaps even come to LIKE flying!
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