Lots of people have a fear of flying. Some need a few stiff G&Ts to get on the plane and then spend their entire journey feeling panicked. Others can’t actually go on their dream holiday because they’re just too scared.
Obviously we can’t solve everything in one short article but, here, we’ve come up with a few handy tips to help calm your nerves…
Let The Airline Know
It’s best to let the airline know you’re a nervous traveller as soon as you make your booking – that way, they can take steps to make your journey easier. Little things, like booking you an aisle seat near the front of the plane, can make your journey that bit easier.
Cabin crew are usually happy to meet worried passengers, so don’t feel embarrassed to tell them how you’re feeling – let them know as soon as you board the plane. That way, they can keep an eye on you, and will be straight over if there’s any turbulence.
If you really want to calm your nerves, learning some hard facts about flying has got to be one of the best ways. You’ll do just that on the Fly Fearless seminar in Dublin. You don’t actually take a flight – a flight simulator is used and you’ll also learn some techniques that have been demonstrated to help manage or reduce anxiety specifically related to air travel.
Getting your breathing under control can really help to calm your nerves. When you’re standing at the airport, feeling scared to death, you’re probably taking very quick, shallow breaths, or even none at all. Try these simple exercises for starters:
7-3-7-3 Breathing: This is really easy. You inhale for a count of seven, and then hold for a count of three. Then you exhale for a count of seven and – this is important – hold for a count of three before inhaling again. Many people don’t pause between exhaling and inhaling, which can increase stress.
Yogic Breathing: Many Eastern traditions focus on the importance of breath, and yoga is the most famous. A simple way to start is to exhale for twice as long as you inhale – try counting to four and then eight. Yoga also teaches that when breathing in, the stomach should rise first, followed by the ribcage, and finally the throat, with the reverse happening when you exhale. Put your hands on your tummy, midriff and collarbones to check that each is rising. If nothing else, it’ll give you something to concentrate on.
Hypnosis has received a lot of attention in recent years, with many practitioners claiming it can help with everything from weight-loss to smoking. Probably the most famous hypnotist is Paul McKenna, who helped David Walliams to swim the channel. He’s released a app download for flight-phobics, which costs around €5.49 on iTunes. It involves putting you into a very deep state of relaxation, while he re-programmes your brain to be calm on a plane.
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