you have a fear of flying too? If so, join the crowd. You are not
alone. One in three Americans feels some anxiety about flying or
has an outright phobia, according to research from Boeing. In fact,
there are many medical associations and societies all over the world
dedicated to overcoming this fear. In some western countries, the
authorities even organise classes to help people deal with this
of flying is a modern phenomenon, naturally. And to tell you the
truth, recent disastrous events have given rise to fear among more
people all over the world. Describing his phobia Satish divulges,
My heart starts beating fast... I feel like I am going to
explode whenever I am faced with the thought of going on another
business tour. My throat becomes dry and I feel like I am going
to choke. It is so embarrassing to even shake hands with anyone
at the airport because my palms are perpetually wet with sweat.
of flying is, indeed, becoming a common problem amongst a number
of people. Flying by itself does not cause as much fear as the accompanying
conditions. Many people suffer from claustrophobia (fear of closed
spaces). Thus, the cramped interiors of a plane may be the undoing
for such a person who eventually develops a fear of flying. Similarly
fear of clouds, thunderstorms, heights, crowds, water, all these
may manifest themselves in the fear of flying. I recommend that
you take some time out and think about your fears and dislikes about
flying. Once you have recognised the area, which causes most anxiety,
you will be able to work upon it.
quick and easy way to deal with anxiety prior to and while flying
is practicing breathing techniques that will calm you. The heart
starts beating rapidly when faced with a fearful situation and it
is vital to get the heartbeats under control, which is possible
by this breathing exercise:
Take a long, slow breath and hold it for three seconds.
Exhale slowly through pursed lips while you consciously relax the
muscles in your face, jaw, shoulders and stomach. Repeat this exercise
for a few minutes.
this exercise at least 10 times a day for a few weeks before your
departure. This will help you to be familiar with the process. Do
this breathing exercise whenever you feel an anxiety attack coming
upon you. If you accept your fears as a natural reaction, you will
be more successful in overcoming them. Also, remember that a little
bit of anxiety is natural and present in every passenger.
also aggravates the fear of flying. Here are some changes that you
may make to increase comfort levels while flying so that you are
Start by reducing your caffeine and sugar intake on the day before
and the day of your flight.
Drink lots of water even if you are not thirsty to avoid dehydration
from the dry plane air.
Refrain from drinking alcohol before or during the flight.
Pack a bag of pastimes for the flight: a good book, crossword puzzles,
your favourite music etc.
Get to the airport early, dont rush yourself.
Consider mentioning to the crew and the hostesses that you sometimes
get afraid on flights.
At your seat, get comfortable. Talk to your neighbour.
During take-off, wiggle your toes for those 30-50 seconds, and do
the relaxation exercise mentioned above.
When the seat belt sign goes off, stand and stretch or take a walk.
200C is also useful remedy to overcome the fear of death and it
should be taken three times a day till the symptoms subside. KALI
PHOS 6x taken twice a day along with constitutional medicine (prescribed
by a homeopath) is also an effective remedy for fear of flying.
the above tips and you will see that travelling by air is just as
easy as taking a stroll down your street. Reveals Satish two weeks
later on a flight to Chicago, That an Airbus A300 had just
crashed in Milan, weighed on my mind as we bounced through winds
after take-off. But I was also aware of the power of the planes
engines, pulling us up to smoother air. As the winds calmed, so
did my nerves. By the time breakfast was served, I was fast asleep.
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