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Bye bye aerophobia – Part 1

Bye bye aerophobia – Part 1

Dear friends, it’s still summer so the vacation season is still an ongoing thing – and a happy event it is; at least for the most part and at least for those of us who don’t regard flying as a recurring personal fatal sentence. For those who do, however, here are some tricks they can consider if they want to say Bye bye aerophobia!

But first – what is aeropohobia? It is the serious and almost pathological fear of flying. For some it can be a serious case of distress, some people climb on a plane with catastrophic images in their minds from movies like “Passengers” and documentaries about great air catastrophes.

This detail – the flight – which in all probability you are bound to survive, can ruin the start of a great holiday and marr you feel-good spirit. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to change this:

  • The first piece of advice would be to be as informed as possible. Use every resource to ascertain the way a plane works, get information on the aircraft you will board and remember: knowledge is power. This way, you will know for certain: planes are the safest means of transportation in the world.
  • Learn to listen to your body and control your impulses. When you feel your heart rate getting elevated, your vision starting to blur or butterflies in your stomach (and I don’t mean the romantic lovely kind), then you know something is going wrong. What is wrong is that you are bound to enter a state of hypervigilance which subjects your body to a lot of stress. Fortunately, you can learn to cope with this and control it. Some yoga and breathing exercises may even save you a trip to the psychologist, though that option is also indicated in serious anxiety cases.

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