What is the best way to combat fear of flying?

Suitcase trolley or backpack on a plane

Do you also have family members who would never get on a plane simply because they are too scared of flying? My dad was one of them. He was fascinated by flying and everything that had to do with it. I remember well how he always drove us to the airport as children, so we could watch the planes taking off and landing. With it he sowed the wanderlust in me early, which has not let me go all my life. I always wanted to know what lies beyond the horizon. The faster I get there, the better. And my dad promoted that. But to get on a plane yourself? That would never have occurred to him. And so he never flew in his life. Traveled, yes - very much, even. But always on the safe ground. And so he gave up an incredible number of interesting experiences because he did not want to fly.

He had already dreamed as a little boy from distant worlds. Driving down the Panamericana - that was his big dream. He never realized it. And he is not alone with his fear of flying. Allegedly, about 15% of Germans suffer from this fear and get already sweats, if they only think of having to get on a plane. The fear shows up in stomach cramps, headache, dizziness and nausea, so it has quite obvious symptoms. These can be so strong that at least about 10% of Germans have never flown.

The causes of fear of flying are manifold: it does not matter how old someone is, which social class he comes from or what gender he has. And even people who fly a lot may be afraid of flying. Rather, as a passenger you go into a situation that you can not influence yourself. One does not know enough about what happens when flying, and some may have had bad experiences. Add to this the fear of closed rooms, seemingly hopeless situations or fear of heights. All together, you can really miss flying.

But you can do something about it: there are therapies whose healing success lies between 70 and 95%. At seminars, one can train how to master his fear of flying: for example, this can be done using certain breathing techniques that help to control panic attacks. The passenger concerned learns more about what actually happens when flying, and it is even practiced how to deal with fear of flying - in a real flight in a group of people also affected.

If you do not want to attend a seminar, you can help yourself. It is only important to note some things that reduce anxiety: Alcohol should be used before and during speedily avoided as much as possible, and coffee, nicotine and medication can also increase fear of flying It is important to drink a lot during a flight: water and juice - and yes also the "famous" tomato juice - help. In addition, you can distract yourself well in modern aircraft: a music program of your own taste, a good book or just an interesting conversation with your neighbors distract you. And when the dreaded turmoil occurs, you just stay seated. They are part of flying and are harmless. Airplanes were eventually built to fly, and airplane travel is still considered one of the safest transportation methods.

If you follow these recommendations, then you can also travel to the other side of the Atlantic.

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Text: © Monika Fuchs, TravelWorldOnline
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What is the best way to combat fear of flying?
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