HOW TO CONTROL THE FEAR OF FLYING!


I know I’m not the only one in the world who suffers panic and anxiety attacks during a flight and this can be embarrassing and uncomfortable. It has taken me several trips to control this and sometimes my efforts are not enough. I’m not an expert on this matter but I can tell you the things I’ve done that have helped me a lot.  
First of all, you have to acknowledge what exactly is triggering your fear. In my case for example, it started with 9/11. I was 11 years old and what happened was so horrible that I still think about it when I’m inside of an airplane. Eventually, I started watching a TV show on Nat Geo about airplane crashes and it increased my negative thoughts towards flying.
So when I analyzed myself, I realized that the anxiety is triggered no only with the fear of crashing and the feeling of not having control of the situation at all (add a little bit of claustrofobia as well), but with the thoughts that take over my head: it gets worse when the plane takes off, during turbulence and landing.

Basically I have like 5 minutes of peace and nobody should go through this uncontrollable emotions. The fear started to increase everytime I traveled and when my first panic attack happened (it was actually this year 2017) I made a list of possible actions that could help me control the anxiety. It’s hard work, don’t expect it to be a miracle solution because it depends on your commitment of training your body and mind. 
Try what makes you feel more comfortable at your own timing, don’t try to rush in overcoming or controlling your fear. We are unique human beings and react differently to situations.
Understand that fear is a normal and primitive reaction when you feel threatened. Don’t try to force you, just take baby steps, let your emotions flow and at the same time, try to train yourself to manage the fear in a healthy way. 

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Criss
Criss
Photographer, aspiring film maker, dreamer, in love with the world!! Everything you want is on the other side of fear!!