Some people don’t really enjoy flying. It’s quite common to feel nervous about it and feeling this way is certainly nothing to be ashamed of! Today, we’d like to share some tips for nervous flyers. Our tips will help nervous flyers to quell their nerves and feel more safe and secure while they are in the air.
1. Calm Your Mind Beforehand
Psychologists recommend preparing yourself mentally before a flight and using the same calming techniques while you’re on a plane. It’s all about acknowledging your fears and then telling yourself that the fears just aren’t that realistic. Managing your fear is important.
2. Create a Panic Plan
You need to face the fact that you may feel panicky while you’re on the flight. It’s smart to create a panic plan which gives you access to distractions when nervousness and panic set in. Some people bring puzzle books which make it easy to get lost in new activities. Don’t focus on electronics as a solution, as you will need to turn them off sometimes. Have a non-electronic escape from panic at the ready.
3. Practice Deep and Calming Breathing
The form of breathing technique known as conscious breathing will work wonders while you’re onboard and beforehand. It’s about breathing through the nose and exhaling via the mouth. This type of breathing should be very slow. When you discover conscious breathing, you’ll find that it’s extremely calming.
4. The Right Apps May be Helpful
You will be able to use your smart phone or other electronic hardware sometimes while you’re on a plane, so why not experiment with some apps which help you to deal with your nerves during the flight? Examples include Breathe2Relax and Mayo Clinic Anxiety Coach.
5. Panic Will Not Last
Bear in mind that “this too shall pass”. In other words, your feelings of panic are not going to be long-lasting. In general, feelings of panic don’t continue for more than a few moments before dissipating. So, be patient and wait it out. Understanding how panic works in the mind and body will be helpful. It’s a temporary state of affairs.
6. Isolate Your Specific Fears
People who fly and feel nervous while they do it often have specific fears. One might fear crashing while another is primarily afraid of the claustrophobic feeling of being trapped in a small seat while surrounded by other people. When you stop for a moment and pinpoint your fears, you may take away some of their power.
7. Limit Exposure to Triggers
It’s not smart to spend time looking at online information about plane crashes or other triggers before you fly. There are ways to seal yourself off from negative stimuli and doing so will be helpful.
8. Consider Learning the Art of Meditation
Meditation is about focused breathing along with a mantra which is chanted aloud or silently. At home, you may meditate as you chant a calming mantra aloud. Onboard, you may close your eyes and meditate while repeating the mantra silently. Meditation will be good for your health and it’s extremely calming. It has a lot in common with conscious breathing, so learn one or the other, or both.