Each time you make your trip by air, do you suffer anxiety called fear of flying, also known as Aerophobia?
You are not alone as quite a number of people suffer from this as well irrespective of age, race or religion. Why aerophobia?
- Fear of heights; when the aeroplane is thousands of feet above sea level, you tend to be afraid of the height and thoughts of “what if it falls” crawls through your mind.
- Fear of turbulence: As the flight navigates through turbulent depending on the type of turbulence.
- Stories of previous accidents or crashes fills your thought and this results in fear.
What to do to manage this fear:
- If possible, travel with a companion, especially a frequent flyer. You will be more comfortable knowing your loved one who has had more flying experience is with you.
- Include your favourite items such as books, pillow, games, music, movies, etc to your carry-on bag(s). As you either read, play games, listen to music or watch movies, yours thoughts will be occupied with these activities, which will help you relax and turn your fear into fun.
- Engage is interesting conversations with a passenger seating next to you if he/she consents. It acts as distraction, especially if the discussions is really engaging.
- Practice deep breathing techniques to relax your nerves and ease stress during flights.
- Reassure yourself that you are safe as flying is the safest means of transport.