Fear of Flying? Overcome your fear of Flying in 3 Simple Hacks

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People can love traveling, but have a deep fear of flying, Overcome your fear of flying.

Some dislike it more than others, but I’m sure that we all have that thought crossing our minds that an accident could happen.

For some people, the thought just passes quickly through the mind, while for others the thought won’t leave them until they have landed safely.

The fear of flying is actually more common than people think, and can be a real pain.

Overcome your fear of Flying
Overcome your fear of Flying

Overcome your fear of Flying Hacks

Here are 3 simple steps that can help you overcome the fear of flying, and make that nervousness disappear…

Overcome your fear of Flying Step 1 – Prepare

Other than preparing mentally yourself, you also have to prepare those around you.

If you’re very scared of flying, let the attendants know about it.

They will be more than understanding, and they will do everything they can to make your journey as comfortable as possible and try to make you feel that you’re in safe hands.

Before the flight, you can also politely ask if you can meet your pilot.

The pilot can tell you what to expect on your particular flight.

Knowing who is flying you might make you feel safer as well, and make it easier to trust him/her.

Another side note that can make you feel any safer knowing is that pilots are known to be the biggest control freaks of all!

Step 2 of Overcome your fear – Breathe

A smart, quick and effective way to calm your nerves on a plane to eliminate fear of flying is to do some deep breathing.

There are many ways to do this, but the importance is that you breathe deeply and relax.

Here is a routine we find effective in similar situations:

Close your eyes.

Put your tongue on the roof of the mouth, inhale through the nose as deep as you can (10 seconds).

Hold for 2 seconds. Exhale slowly while drawing the number 3 three times in your mind.

Do this again, but imagine drawing number 2 three times – finally do this a third time, imagining drawing number 1 three times.

Overcome your fear Step 3 – Remind Yourself Of The Four False Facts

We’ve all experienced our minds getting swept away and blowing things out of proportion, starting to picture accidents in the head.

When your mind starts to mess with you and you get these uncomfortable thoughts that makes you nervous.

Below are some typical and common things people worry about (including myself), and after some research I found that there is no need to worry:

What if there is something broken on the plane?

There are aircraft mechanics making detailed inspections between every flight, and they repair broken parts as needed.

The mechanics never settle for a “quick fix”, but make sure to always do a very careful job, anything else is forbidden by strict laws – and nobody would want to stand for having done a bad job.

What if the plane crashes?

Flying is safer than driving, and is actually quite safe compared to most forms of travel in general.

The statistics of accidents are very low, and keep in mind that almost 30,000 people are up in the air at this very minute.

Every single flight is planned in such a way that if an engine was to fail, the plane must still have enough performance to fly safely.

Pilots are trained to handle engine failures in every phase of flight.

What if the plane engines stop in an air pocket?

A very common thing that worries people and is the reason to many people’s fear of flying is “air pockets”.

Have you ever felt as though the plane fell into a pocket?

I’ve heard rumors that the plane engines can stop spinning if the air pocket is too big, or if there are too many of them.

This, however, I have now understood to be a myth.

There are no such things as air pockets, they are a complete myth.

There is always air for support.

Have you ever walked down the street and all the sudden found yourself in an air pocket where you can’t breath?

What if the plane all the sudden just stops working and falls off the sky?

Planes simply cannot do this.

There is always several backup systems, and even if none of them work (which is very unlikely), the plane can still glide for up to 100 miles from cruise altitude of 30,000 feet.

In fact, it’s actually pretty common that they don’t use the engines at all at times and let the plane glide to save fuel.

Learn To Let Go & Trust

There isn’t much more you can do now than to just relax your mind and body.

Holding tightly to the armrests does nothing to stabilize the plane.

The plane is already designed to fly steady.

When you find yourself tensing up, let go.

Do you have fear of flying, or do you have any tips to those who do?

Electronic Ways To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight

There have been all manner of lists over the years telling you exactly what you should take on a plane to make it a more enjoyable flight…

Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight
Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight

However this was before the influx of portable technology that allows you to enjoy the flight a lot more than you used to!

You’ve shopped around, found a great deal and booked your holiday on a site.

All that stands between you and a beautiful sandy beach is a 15 hour flight.

Sure there will be some in-flight TV channels and maybe a couple of radio stations, but after a while these can get quite repetitive so you will need to make sure you have your own entertainment at the ready as well!

Electronic Ways To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight
Electronic Ways To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight

Magazines/Newspapers In Digital Format

Reading a big magazine about music, sport or gossip or reading about the latest news in a few newspapers can while away a few hours, especially if you take a few with you and space them out throughout the flight!

Of course, it becomes even easier if you have an iPad or other type of tablet as you can purchase as many magazines on there as you want and have them to read in electronic format, without the extra weight of carrying them!

Books On e-Book Readers

In much the same way as magazines, you can while away a lot of time with a book or two and if you have an e-book reader or a tablet then you can bring those on board with you with the books already loaded on – which is a definite space saver especially with a big book!

Music Players

music To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight
music To Keep Yourself Entertained On Long Flight

Music can always help you through bored times, and music players such as an iPod is a great way of spending some time or just shutting out the surroundings.

You can sit there with some relaxing songs on when you want a break from the screens, or just want to doze for a little while.

Some iPods now have games as well, so there is even more entertainment value for your trip!

Gaming Consoles

With portable gaming becoming more fashionable with adults, consoles such as the Nintendo DS and Sony PSP can lead to hours of fun on your flight.

Games like brain training can keep you alert, adventure games like Mario or Sonic are addictive and time flies when playing those!

Videos

With the tablets like iPads and laptops much lighter and more affordable, it is possible to bring your own DVDs to watch so that you don’t have to be bound by whatever films are on the in-flight TVs!

I hope these 5 help you plan and enjoy your next long distance flight!

What are a few fun items you bring with you on long flights to keep yourself entertained?

(photo credits: irishflyguytrafterycdharrison)

Traveling With Kids Without Electronics!

Most travel lovers started traveling early with the family, from road trips to visiting new and different countries.

Back in the old days, we had no iPads or fancy electronics other than a Walkman and a couple of old tapes.

Entertainment came in the form of cards, Boggle, Battleship and tic-tac-toe.

Many kids today have it much easier.

It’s so easy to sit them on a plane with a fully charged iPad or a compact DVD with tons of movies, but that really takes away the whole idea of quality family travel, right?

Here’s some travel ideas and tips that can help you keep the kids away from electronics, yet still have a fun trip:

Traveling With Kids Without Electronics!
Traveling With Kids Without Electronics!

Ask kids to help

Involving the kids in the planning process will give them a clear idea of what they’re in for.

Make them a part of your planning, show them maps, explain plane seating charts, and share photos of the places you can visit.

Comfort is key
Comfort is key

Get their feedback on destinations, hotels, distances, landmarks, what museums to visit, activities, etc.

This will help them understand the entire trip in a more comprehensive way.

It’s also a great opportunity to show them that it’s about the journey and not the destination!

Comfort is key

When traveling with kids, make sure they have everything they need at hand, from travel pillows to blankets to special items or anything that will keep them from bugging you constantly.

Regular breaks are a big part of this too. Don’t force the kids to stay put for 3 or 4 hours – walk around with them so that they can stretch their legs.

Water and food are extremely important (lay off the candy!), nothing worse than a hyper or bored hungry kid right?

Give them tools to stay busy

There’s so much they can do to stay entertained.

For example, give them a map and let them highlight the trip as you’re going along.

Provide a personal backpack – if you have more than one kido, this will avoid fights over possessions.

Give them tools to stay busy
Give them tools to stay busy

Fill their backpacks with paper, pens, reading material, crossword puzzles, coloring books, games and educational toys.

This is also a great opportunity to get the older kids writing!

Inspire them to write a travel journal and buy them a little, cheap digital camera so they can take pics along the way of landmarks or any other spots they might find interesting.

You can also have them send post cards along the way or write short letters to the family and friends.

This will get the kids creativity going and they’ll have a great time recording memories.

I spy with my little eye…

What would family trip be without traditional games? “I Spy” is always a favorite!

Other fun games you can play are “Trivia”, the ever popular “Rock, paper, scissors” as well as “Spelling Bee” and “Who am I?/20 questions”.

Big reminder, never forget to set out the rules before you start playing, this will avoid fights or arguments along the way!

I spy with my little eye…
I spy with my little eye…

Taking the kids with you will give you a unique opportunity to connect with them, so take advantage of it!

Be the example and disconnect yourself from electronics.

Travel is an incredible learning experience for children – make sure both you and them make the most of it!

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11 thoughts on “Fear of Flying? Overcome your fear of Flying in 3 Simple Hacks”

  1. what great tips Nathan, I will make sure to test some of these next time I am flying. Have had problems in the past, and these sound like great tips.

  2. Great, I hope she finds use for it as well.
    It’s crazy how many of us have that fear, and it’s really sad because it limits you so much when it comes to travel.

  3. I have a fear of flying AND traveled around the world for a year last year! I just took a big breath and told myself I had to do it. I admit that I used pharmaceuticals and alcohol but I can also report that it got better through the year. One of the things I wanted in my trip was to feel uncomfortable…well for sure I did for those 16 flights!! These are good tips..thank you. Cheers!

  4. This is really good. As someone who suffers from the fear of flying I found this to be very calming. Of course I wasn’t reading it on a plane ready for take off either. I’m a little less comforted though to know that my arm rest clutching does nothing to stabilize the plane. One of the best sites on the fear of flying was put together by an airline captain. It’s a free program and something I go through every time I prepare to fly.

  5. Hi Jase,
    yeah it’s a shame. I think the best cure for this is to just do it and get used to it. Perhaps your mum would feel a little better knowing that many of these rumors are false?

  6. That’s awesome!

    It’s so good to see that the fear you have doesn’t stop you from doing what you really want, and I do believe that by simply doing it over and over again you can get rid of that fear completely.

    I’m glad you liked the tips, and I hope they can help calming your nerves a little next time you fly!

  7. I definitely have to share the Four False facts to my aunt who hasn’t left California for thirty years! She has all these worries and fears on her head. I’m guessing her mindset is still stuck on the old school technology and probably not seen the latest in flying technology.

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