Ten tips for anyone who suffers from aerophobia - EDU

Ten tips for anyone who suffers from aerophobia

Whether it's the fear of crashing, loss of control or feeling claustrophobic there are many reasons why people all around the world suffer from a fear of flying. So to make flying a less stressful and more enjoyable experience, we thought we would compile a list of 10 things everyone suffering from aerophobia should know.


Statistically you are more likely to be hit by lightning than be involved in a serious plane crash. In addition, data shows that driving a car is more dangerous than being on a plane. Flying is in fact one of the safest modes of mass transport, so remember this when you begin to feel anxious about taking a flight.

Lower your anxiety

Not drinking caffeine or energy drinks before taking a flight is some of the best advice we can give. You don't need any extra nervous energy before you board and by cutting out these stimulants you can ensure you are as calm as possible for takeoff. Instead, why not have some peppermint or chamomile tea both of which have soothing qualities.

Don't be embarrassed

Aerophobia is very common. Statistically speaking one out of three American adults is afraid of flying. Denying or trying to hide your phobia will just make the situation worse. Being open about your fears from the start can make the flying experience a lot easier.

Distract yourself

Distraction techniques are very important for fearful flyers. Refocusing your attention through listening to relaxing music, watching a film or reading a good book can be a great way to calm yourself. There's also lots of meditation audios available to download that can relax your mind and distract you from what's going on around you.

Breathing is key

Anyone who has ever experienced anxiety knows it is no walk in the park. But knowing how to recognize, accept and cope with anxiety is essential. Practicing slow deep breathing through the mouth and out through the nose ensures your body remains calm even in the most stressful of situations.

Knowledge is power

For those suffering from aerophobia, knowledge is key. It's human nature to be scared or fear the things that we don't fully comprehend. Learning more about how airplanes work, what turbulence is, and the physics of flying can make you feel a lot safer when taking a flight.

Don't believe everything you hear

There are, of course, plenty of horror stories associated with flying. But allowing yourself to get caught up in the media hype and believe every little thing you hear is a mistake.

Alcohol is not the answer

Drinking yourself into oblivion pre and during your flight will not end well. Yes it might subdue your fears for a while, but it can in fact make you feel even more nervous and anxious as the calming effect wears off. If you're afraid of flying, do not use alcohol to combat your fears.

Choose your seat wisely

Choosing your seat wisely is a top tip for nervous flyers. Turbulence is generally greater towards the back of the plane, so picking a seat nearer the front could make you feel less panicked. With regards to aisle, middle and window seats, go for whichever will make you feel more comfortable. Some people prefer having the window to look out of for a distraction, whilst others favor the aisle so they can get up and walk about.

Don't let your phobia control you

Don't let your phobia take over your life. Avoiding the subject means your phobia will only get worse. Be proactive and do something about it. You don't want to miss out on holidays or life experiences because you're too afraid to fly. It's a New Year, so make a resolution to make a conscious effort to try and beat your phobia!

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