Friday, 12 December 2014

How to overcome your fear of flying

Do you wish you could travel to faraway places and see the world – without having a panic attack? If you have a fear of flying there are ways you can prevent it from negatively affecting your life, here’s one thing that may help: your chances of dying in a plane crash are about 1 in 11 million, that’s a whopping 0.00001% chance that something will go wrong!

1. Latch onto triggers that set you off.
Figure out what scares you and how your anxiety is triggered; your goal here is to identify your particular triggers so you can manage your fear when your anxiety levels are low. When you learn what sets you off, it’ll make it easier to turn off.

2. Step onto the airplane with knowledge.
Anxiety thrives off of ignorance and feeds of “what if?” which are all catastrophic thoughts, but once you become knowledgeable your “what if?” thoughts are limited by the facts. So become familiar with the facts they will not eliminate your anxiety, but they’ll help you manage it.

 3. Anticipate your anxiety.
Anticipatory anxiety is what we experience in anticipation of a fear. It is often the most intense anxiety you will experience during your flight, but this isn't how you will feel on the flight. It is a lot worse than what you actually experience

4. Separate dear from danger.
It is difficult to separate anxiety from danger because your body reacts in exactly the same way to both, so be sure to label your fear as anxiety. Tell yourself that anxiety makes your frightening thoughts feel more likely to occur and remind yourself that feeling anxious doesn't mean you are in danger. You are safe even when feeling intense anxiety.

5. Recognize that common sense makes no sense.
Anxiety tricks common sense. It will trick you into thinking you are in danger even when you are perfectly safe, your gut feelings in these instances will always tell you to avoid, but if you follow these feelings you will be reinforcing your anxiety.

You can outsmart your anxiety. As a rule, do the opposite of what anxious feelings are telling you to do, so fight what the anxiety is telling you to do, but embrace the discomfort that the anxiety brings.

6. Smooth over things that go bump in the flight.
To manage your anxiety when turbulence hits, learn about airplanes and how they are designed to handle turbulence. Focus on managing your anxiety, rather than when it hits will end or how bad it might get. Always remind yourself that you are safe.

If you face the facts, using relaxation techniques and taking medication you can always face your fear of flying and be free to explore the world!

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Written By: Christine Romans

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