Fear of flying is a fear many people experience while travelling on an aeroplane, or a
helicopter. The crowded space, turbulence, sensations of taking off and landing can be
unpleasant. It is also referred to as flying anxiety, flying phobia, flight phobia and
Aerophobia (fear of fresh air). The most important manifestation can include panic attacks,
anxiety attacks, shaking, sweating and nausea etc. There are 5 steps to help conquer your
- Positive Thinking – The first or most effective way to overcome flight anxiety is
thinking positively while travelling in the flight. Don’t think about negative aspects
that their plane will malfunction and crash. Prepare yourself before getting on the
plane, Breathe more and more and avoid caffeine because caffeine and other
stimulators can make you even more anxious.
- Learn about built-in safety features – Learn how airplanes work can go long
way toward alleviating your anxiety. Learn what causes turbulence, and what’s
behind those scary sound during take-off and landing. Become familiar with how
carefully planes are designed to withstand emergencies can be comforting.
- Attend Therapies – There is no reasons why you should have to work on
aerophobia by yourself. People can also feel embarrassed to speak about the fear of
flying but it’s no big deal. It will be good if you talk to someone about it. If you
choose to work with a professional to help you overcome or manage the fear and you
can be honest about it. Exposure therapy is commonly used therapy to treat
aerophobia, by allowing the person to become adjusted to the ideas of sensations of
flying. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy can also help person to test the reality of
irrational thoughts about flying.
- Medication – Aerophobia can be treated with medicines, there are certain Anti-
anxiety medications that can help to cure acute anxieties. It is often difficult determine
if the specific phobia of fear of flying is a symptom of generalised anxiety disorder or
another anxiety disorders like claustrophobia.
- Set travel goals – It’s easy to procrastinate on working on fears like Aerophobia.
Instead of avoiding flying, try setting travel goals. It will boost your energy and you
will be thinking about destination not about your fears. Also consider reading travel
books so that you can get excited about your tour and it will help you to overcome the
Article By :- Shreya Pateria