Tips for dealing with airplane anxiety
By Aimee Heckel
For some people, it’s spiders. For others, it’s a fear of heights, or terror over public speaking. For an estimated 40 percent of us, there is some level of anxiety associated with flying on an airplane, according to a report from The New York Times.
These fears have been made even more complex in light of security concerns following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Airsafe.com.
Whereas you should see a medical professional if you are suffering serious anxiety issues, here are a few other ways to help you deal with airplane anxiety on your next flight.
Enroll in a SOAR Fear of Flying course. There are a variety of DVDs starting at $125 to help you address specific fears, such as how airplanes work, how pilots navigate, how to stop a panic attack and how planes are maintained. Knowing what to expect is one way to help curb your fears.
Know the safety facts. Air travel is one of the safest ways to travel and accidents are extremely rare — 1 in 11 million, according to some reports. You’re at much greater risk in the car driving to the airport.
Ask for help. Tell the flight attendant, the passengers around you and anyone else who you interact with, so they know what to expect and can help you.
Distract yourself on board. Watch the movie, bring a compelling new book, download a fun app or tackle a crossword puzzle. Download a music app, like Spotify, and listen to music that soothes you.
Instead of coffee or Coke, drink a calming tea, like Starbuck’s Tazo Calm chamomile tea or Yogi Teas’ Calming Tea. Buy a box in advance from Vitamin Cottage for $4.29 and just get hot water at the airport or plane to save money — and make sure you know what you’re drinking. This tea is organic and contains Ayurvedic herbs to ease stress and tension.
Are you flying soon? Need a quick fix? Sign up for a Rapid Relief program.
On a limited budget? Here’s a free online course to help address fears of flying, or watch a free DVD to help you prepare for flying.
Try reading a psychological self-help book on the topic.
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