Tips To Reduce Your Fear Of Flying

Eat light and try to avoid eating or drinking any food or beverage that contains sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. It will really help a lot if you try to stay positive and always think only positive thoughts.

Try to occupy your mind and calm yourself by listening to soft, soothing music on your I-Pod. It usually helps to wear eye shades and try to sleep on the flight if you can.

You may feel less stressed if you can book a flight that leaves at an off-peak time as there are usually fewer airline passengers to contend with. If you have a phobia of the plane then visit to conquer your fear of flying.

If you are thinking of taking any prescription or over-the-counter drugs to calm yourself down on your flight, be sure that you consult first with your family doctor or pharmacist.

Keep in mind that if you are already taking prescriptions for pre-existing conditions, any new medication, even the over-the-counter ones, may interact adversely with them.

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I have a true story that may help you with the fear of flying.  A number of years ago a good friend of mine had a severe problem dealing with the fear of flying.  His main fear was that he was terrified of dying in a plane crash.

A funny thing is that he had absolutely no problem driving all over the country, or taking a Greyhound bus or train when he traveled on his holidays. Fortunately, he got a job selling ads for a local community newspaper near a busy international airport. 

As he drove around to sell advertising to the stores in the area, he constantly observed huge commercial airliners taking off and landing every few minutes.  He got used to hearing the deafening roar of airline engines day in and day out.  Slowly, he eventually started to lose the fear of flying.

He finally made a big decision to go on a vacation in Hawaii, which he had always dreamed of doing.  The only problem was that he had no choice but to fly.  Before he left he took out flight insurance just in case the plane crashed.  He wanted to be sure he would leave something for his mom and dad if he didn’t come back.

Before boarding the airplane he took a sleeping pill hoping that it would help to keep him calm.  He bravely booked a window seat as he wanted to be able to see where he was going and what the earth and ocean looked like from the air.

When the flight attendant asked the passengers to fasten their seat belts, he cinched his seatbelt up so tight he said he thought it would break.  Through the long flight to Hawaii, he only removed his seatbelt to go to the washroom. 

During the flight, the only thing that really bothered him was that both his ears got plugged up and hurt a lot due to the changes in the cabin air pressure on takeoff and landing.  A friendly fellow passenger suggested that he chew some gum and that seemed to solve the problem.

When he eventually landed in Hawaii he was so proud of himself!   After all those wasted years of being hung up on that debilitating phobia, he finally had broken free.  All it took was working near a large airport and watching as well as hearing the constant takeoffs and landings of these huge commercial airliners to reprogram his mind.

If you happen to have a fear of flying you must try and rid yourself of this debilitating, irrational fear.  I know that your life will be changed forever when you break free and allow yourself to soar with the eagles and fly anywhere in this big, wide, wonderful world that you want to.

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