When it comes to flying, fears are common. So much so, in fact, that at least 1 in 3 adults are either afraid or anxious to fly. That’s a significant amount when you consider that even small aircraft seat 189 individuals. That means, as you sit in your chair gripping the armrests, a good few others are doing the same. And, such fears are only worsening as high-profile accidents grace our screens on a regular basis. If you weren’t afraid before, you will be once you’ve watched a plane fall from the sky on the evening news. And, these things typically happen right before you’re due to head off.
It makes sense, then, that there’s so much focus on helping individuals overcome fears like these. We’re often told that there’s more chance of being killed by a donkey than a plane. There’s certainly more chance of having an accident at work, and we brave that reality on a daily basis. Still, these statistical reassurances rarely put our minds at ease when the engine starts. In fact, if you get that far, you’ve done well. Some people experience such extreme fear that they fail to get themselves up those plane steps.
In truth, there are countless guides about how to overcome this issue. Common options include:
- Facing the fear
- Calming techniques and coping mechanisms
And, each of these works for thousands of people every year. But, if you’ve attempted every method under the sun, it’s crucial you don’t give up hope. Sure, that overnight hypnosis recording didn’t do the trick, but there are other options. Perhaps you just need to follow a more logical route. While therapies and such work for many, some of us aren’t perceptive to such techniques. This is often the case for straightforward thinkers, who would be better served by the following pointers.
Do the research you’re afraid to do
The first step is to get around to that research you’ve been afraid to do before now. Often, we avoid facing the facts and reality because we think they’ll make us more afraid. And, in some cases, that’s precisely what happens. For example, every pregnant woman knows not to watch birth videos. That’s just asking for trouble.
But, when it comes to flying, doing the right research will go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. There’s no way around it. There’s a good reason for the whole donkey rumour. You could even write these reassuring statistics down, and take them on board with you. Make a note of the fact that between 1988-2010, there was only 3,288 reported aeroplane related deaths. Take heart, too, in the fact that, when Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, released their safety report for 2017, there were NO crashes on passenger planes. For a whole year! That’s the lowest rate on record and a sure sign that this already safe travel method is getting even better. If you feel yourself getting nervous as you wait for takeoff, returns to these figures. Take heart in them, and know that numbers and logic are on the side of safety.
Consider the fantastic things planes have done
It might also help to consider some of the fantastic things planes have done in the past. You can get a taster for that by looking into some flight-based world records. A fantastic one to remember is May 1987, when the AN 124 broke a world record by covering 20,151 km without refuelling. That’s no mean feat given that this plane remains one of the largest in the world. If it can manage that, you’ve nothing to worry about from your tiny (in comparison) passenger plane. Other records of note include the most passengers on a commercial flight, coming in at 1088. If planes can manage this kind of magic, why are you stressing yourself out so much?
Pay attention to the safety announcement
When you have a fear of flying, it’s natural to switch off during the safety announcement. You know how it is; you close your eyes as soon as the flight attendants take to the aisles. The whole thing only reminds you of the possibility of a crash. And, that’s not what you need when you’re battling with fear. In truth, though, your anxiety will only increase if you don’t know what to do if something should happen. So, instead of switching off, pay attention. That way, you can rest easy that there is a plan in place should anything happen.