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Like to see the world? Excited about hopping on your next long haul flight to explore pastures new? Sadly for some people, taking a flight does not come so easy.
Although there are numerous other forms of transporation considered more risky than flying, there are still plenty of people anxious about the thought of taking to the sky.
If you find yourself nervy before and during a flight, then read on...
Treat spells of turbulence as if they were 'bumps in the road'. Let your body sway in motion with the plane, don't fight it, it will only make matters worse. Ask for a seat at the front of the plane as turbulence is considered to be greater toward the back of the aircraft.
Read your favourite novel, watch an in-flight movie, converse with a friend or even a stranger, to shift your focus away from the fear. Thinking about it will only stress you out further.
Downing coffee and energy drinks on board will only heighten anxiety. Staying relaxed is vitally important, so listen to some calming music to keep under control.
Comparing the safety of travelling by aircraft to other dangers should keep you calm. Study how a plane works from take off to landing if you can. A little knowledge on the subject will really help you out.
There are lots of classes around to help you manage your fear of flying. Some are free, whilst others come at a cost. If classes don't work, then you may want to consider hypnosis as a last option.
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