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How can I get over my anxiety or fear of flying on airplanes?

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Last Updated: 05/29/2018 at 6:12am
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Top Rated Answers
March 13th, 2015 11:33pm
You can work with a therapist trained in CBT - Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. They are specifically trained to help overcome phobias by using a process called exposure, where you slowly become accustomed to the thing you are afraid of and teach your brain that it is not a threat.
November 10th, 2014 6:03am
Find something that you can do at home that makes you happy (such as drawing), or a scent that comforts you. Try doing that thing while on the plane so you are comforted because you associate said activity with being in the comfort of your own home. As for scents, find a scent that you associate with positive emotions and have aroma oil in that scent with you on the plane and put some on your wrists and under your nose when you begin to feel anxious.
November 17th, 2014 1:38pm
I have always been scared of airplanes but I found out a way to not think about it while I'm flying. What I do is listening to music. My favourite music. Music have always helped me in so many situations and it is the only thing that can make me feel quite calm on the plane!
November 20th, 2014 10:24pm
The only way to do this is to face it. You have to face it slowly and expose yourself to your fear to overcome it.
November 22nd, 2014 1:58am
Stress management techniques may help, like breathing, self-soothing, and calming music on the plane. It may also help to explore exactly what you fear happening on/near a plane and see if you can challenge any of those thoughts and come up with more realistic thought that you can repetitively tell yourself to reassure yourself. Safety statements can also help. If it's a really strong fear, you may benefit from talking to a counselor to prepare for the flight it sounds like you need to take soon. And, if needed, there are psychiatric medications that can be taken long term for anxiety AND there are meds you can take for specific moments that will act in a sedative like manner and make the experience more endurable. I hope things work out for you. :)
December 1st, 2014 9:27am
If it's a pathological fear, you can try taking exposure therapy. If it's a minor fear, identify what triggers you about flying and try to avoid it or think of it in a different way.
December 7th, 2014 9:33am
I think a good thing to do is to tell someone and to not fly alone. Also try to think positive thoughts. If you have trouble breathing, look at a clock and breath in for like 3 seconds and out for 3 seconds. It really works better than you think.
December 28th, 2014 8:33pm
Take a deep breath and use your diaphragm. Realize your pilot is trained and knows what he is doing. Recognize your emotions and validate them -- it's okay to be afraid.
January 2nd, 2015 9:09pm
If the fear is really bad, you can ask your physician for anxiety meds to be used during those stressful times. You could also try meditation, or traveling with someone trustworthy who can help alleviate your fears. Having plans in place for how to deal with the anxiety before it occurs is the key. Good luck!
April 22nd, 2015 9:26am
I often feel very anxious when I fly.. I usually try to tell myself that everything will be alright... In order to stay calm and anxiety free I listen to some music and read a book to keep me distracted..
May 21st, 2015 11:58pm
This fear is common, perhaps a fear of heights or just the airplanes itself. If you are going to be on one try to distract yourself with sleep, maybe bringing a book or something to pass the time, etc.
September 28th, 2015 12:30am
Traveling with someone who loves and cares about me. Also letting the flight attendant know that I am anxious so they can make the flight as smooth and easy as possible
February 2nd, 2016 10:02pm
I'm so sorry you have to deal with this. Irrational anxieties can't be explained away by reason. So I could give you all the statistics about how unlikely it is that you'll be in an accident, but this wouldn't take away your fears, because that is what irrational fear is: not rational. Your anxiety may stem from a disorder that you cannot control. Seeing a therapist can help you determine the best way to work through your fear. A therapist can help you develop a plan with coping mechanisms, or decide to suggest that you see a doctor to get medication. You can probably get a prescription for an anti-anxiety drug that you can take on the plane, but keep in mind this is a temporary fix, and anti-anxiety drugs can be addictive. I hope this helps!
May 23rd, 2016 3:22am
There are special courses and classes you can take to move past a fear of flying. I understand how nerve-racking it is! If it's of any comfort, planes are technically the safest method of travel.
August 23rd, 2016 12:07am
the only way you can get over it is to face your fear and fly on the airplane. once you do this it will become more easier for you to do so.
March 27th, 2018 9:07am
Fear of flying is a well known type of anxiety and quite common. This is good news, because it means that there are good therapies developed to treat it. These therapies have a high rate of success. Therefore I would advice you to address this anxiety by following therapy
April 9th, 2018 4:00am
You can get over your anxiety or fear of flying on an airplane by using listening to music, watching shows on the plane to keep you distracted or talking it out with someone next to you and for you're anxiety you can get over it by using coping skills to help you too.
May 29th, 2018 6:12am
Every time there are thousands of airplanes in the sky and it is almost certain that you will safely come to the destination where you wish to go. When you Will watch forests, fields and towns from the airplane, you will probably start enjoying flying with airplane as it is so interesting to see these things from air.