There's an amazing world out there! But many times, you have to fly to get where you want to be!
Is fear of flying holding you back from living your best life?
Learn ways to cope with the fear so you can enjoy travel to its fullest.
Fear of flying is quite common, affecting 10-25% of the population.
It's a specific phobia, an intense fear that's disproportionate to the actual danger. For example, you may know and believe that flying is the safest form of transportation, but you're still convinced that your plane is unsafe.
Even Marge Simpson needs help.
To cope with it and even overcome it, you literally have to face the fear.
Avoidance keeps your phobia alive and intense
Exposure to the triggers that make you anxious helps you cope
Meet the Fearful Flyers
Esme was just offered a work promotion. It's pretty much her dream job, but the new position will require monthly travel. Esme isn't sure if she should accept the job because she's afraid to fly so often.
Garth is a college student and his university offers a study abroad program. He really wants to study in Europe and travel to various countries on weekends, but the flying involved makes him nervous.
Mia's sister lives 3,000 miles away and just had a baby. She's an aunt! Yay! 👶 Mia wants to be able to see her new nephew as often as possible, but the thought of flying scares her.
Let's help them cope with fear of flying and live their best lives!
Cope with Fear Tip #1
Learn helpful facts about airplanes and air travel.
For many people, even the anticipation of flying can cause anxiety . Prepare yourself ahead of time by learning reassuring facts about airplanes and air travel.
What are all those noises the plane engine makes?
What do the beeping tones mean?
What keeps a plane from falling out of the sky?
What causes turbulence?
What type of training do pilots undergo?
Anything that helps you feel better.
Knowing the answers to these types of questions can help you to feel more confident when flying. If anxiety or unrealistic thinking starts to kick in, you can reassure yourself with factual information.
Cope with Fear Tip #2
Control what you can.
Making intentional choices about your flight can help you cope with fear:
Ask a travel agent or friend to book your flight.
Pay extra for a specific seat that you prefer.
Select non-stop flights or layovers, depending on which makes you more comfortable.
Try a short flight before you attempt a longer one.
Choose an amazing destination that you've always wanted to visit.
Take any other steps that help you feel more in control.
Garth's Study Abroad Opportunity
One of the things that makes Garth nervous about traveling abroad is the long plane trip over the ocean. He wants to feel less anxious during the flight.
What's one thing Garth can do to feel more in control?
Cope with Fear Tip #3
Use techniques to stay calm.
Learn mindfulness and breathing techniques before you fly. They'll help you prepare and will come in handy if you start to panic.
Listen to music during the flight. It helps block out noise and distracts you.
Bring a book, tablet, magazines, or crossword puzzles on board to keep your mind occupied.
Pray or meditate to help alleviate your worries.
Find an app that promotes calmness and use it during your flight.
Esme's New Job
Esme accepted the promotion and she loves her new job! She needs to fly once a month. She has identified one of her triggers: she gets particularly nervous when she's at the airport waiting for her flight.
What could she do to stay calm at the airport while waiting for her flight? Select all that apply.
Cope with Fear Tip #4
Seek out support.
Enroll in a course for fearful flyers. Some in-person groups meet at airports , while other courses can be found online.
Talk with a member of the crew. Flight attendants are trained to respond to nervous flyers.
Talk with a doctor about medication or cognitive behavioral therapy.
Travel with friends who understand your fear and will support you during the flight.
Mia's Long-Distance Nephew
Mia plans to travel the 3,000 miles to visit her new nephew but she's going alone and is extremely fearful.
What can Mia do to prepare for the trip? Select all that apply.
Fear of flying is pretty common, but you can cope with your fear and overcome it if you put in some effort!
You'll be so glad you conquered your fear because you'll be able to live life more fully!
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