I love traveling and I've always loved flying, when I was a child it was my favourite part of the whole holiday. I always wanted to get to the airport early just to see the planes, this love of planes still hasn't left me but about two years ago I got on a plane and nearly had a panic attack I was heading back to Gatwick and my palms were sweating, I felt like the plane was getting smaller, I wanted to vomit, my heart was racing and I needed air and to top it off the flight was delayed. This flight was the scariest flight I had ever been on and I had been on at least 20 flights already by this point. I remember I started to panic more knowing I still had four hours to go on this "
tiny tin can" (after the delay) and I was panicking more and more. I remember falling asleep and waking up and falling back to sleep again and feeling like I had actually passed out rather than falling asleep. It was a nightmare!
Looking back on it now I know I was silly to panic but my next flight after that had me scared too, but this time I was making myself scared more than the actual flight was. I knew I had to stop this fear as travel is such a massive part of my life and I couldn't let it control me or my love of flying.
Here are my 7 tips to ease a fear of flying
1) Distract yourself
Keeping yourself distracted is the best thing to do on the plane if you have a fear of flying. Listening to music, watching movies, reading books and doing puzzles such as Sudoku are great ways to distract to yourself. Keeping your mind occupied will keep you sane.
2) Research planes
This could make things worse but I know seeing TV shows about plane crashes have actually helped me remember how safe air travel actually is. If you compare the flight to other modes of transport I actually read somewhere "You're more likely to get in an accident on your way to the airport than on your flight".
3) Choose your own seat
All airlines allow you to choose what seat you want, some charge and some do not but for peace of mind it's always great to choose your own seat. Picking an aisle seat will help if you also suffer from claustrophobia as it allows you to get up am roam the plane easier. I love window seats, I like to see what the plane is flying over but of course if you're scared of heights having a window seat could make you more nervous. If you can't choose your own seat you could always ask the person next to you if you could swap, I'm sure they'd understand.
5) Imagine turbulence as speed bumps
I hate turbulence, even the best of flyers do. I always try to think of turbulence as speed bumps or pot holes that I experience daily while driving around London.
6) Speak with the cabin crew
The cabin crew are there to help you and look after you - it's their job! They will know a lot about planes and they will be trained in helping you keep calm and relaxed.
7) Focus on your holiday/Focus on getting home
This helps me every flight I get on! On my outbound flight all I think about is the amazing holiday I'm about to have and on my inbound flight I always think about getting home to my bed (which always feels like a luxury by that point).
Do you have any other tips to ease the fear of flying? Are you scared of flying?