Fear of flying, also known as aerophobia, is a specific phobia that affects around 25 per cent of people worldwide. As pessoas com aerofobia podem experimentar uma variedade de sintomas, incluindo ansiedade, medo e até mesmo ataques de pânico.
There are some strategies we want to share with you so that you don’t stop travelling and making your dreams come true.
- Observe and understand your fear. The first step to overcoming a fear is to understand what causes it. What are your thoughts and feelings when you think about flying? Which phase of the flight scares you the most and why?
- Find out about aviation safety regulations. Aviation is one of the safest forms of transport in the world. Listen to podcasts, watch videos or read books about aviation safety and understand the systems and how safe travelling by this means of transport can be.
- Use relaxation techniques. Breathing is one of the main keys. Breathe deeply, concentrate on your breathing and on positive thoughts. Meditation or visualisation before and during the flight are also techniques that will help to overcome this fear.
- Sleep! If you’re one of those people who can switch off even when anxious, then sleep during the flight. But beware, sleep isn’t the answer, it’s just a palliative strategy!
- Talk to a therapist. If your fear is really stopping you from travelling and you don’t want to give up this part of your life, we suggest that you consult a specialist who can help you overcome this fear.
Here are some specific tips for the day of the flight:
- Get to the airport early. This will give you time to get used to the airport, the people and even the aeroplane. Prepare your brain for the journey.
- Choose a seat as far forward as possible. Seats at the front of the aeroplane are generally quieter and less prone to turbulence. This can help you have fewer stress spikes.
- Take a book for the journey, watch a film and listen to music to distract yourself during the flight.
- Don’t drink alcohol or caffeine. These substances can make anxiety worse, contrary to what many people think.
- If you’re having a panic attack, take a deep breath and ask a member of the on-board crew for help. They’ll be able to help you calm down.
Remember that there are lots of people with the same fear. Millions of people fly every day without any problems. With a little preparation and practice, you’ll be able to control your fear of flying and enjoy travelling more lightly.
We hope our tips help you! 😊