For such a regular activity, fear of flying is far too common. Have you ever felt your heart jump as the turbulence on a plane increases? Only to land safely and soundly at your destination, to enjoy your travels immensely? Flying is governed by science, and turbulence is part and parcel of the experience. After all, planes don’t drive on solid roads; like boats, the terrain they explore are a little more uneven. However, if you often experience flying anxiety, or you’re new to flying, we have put together 4 excellent stress relievers to get you through your next flight.
Turbulence is extremely common, and happens for a wide range of reasons – most of them normal. For example, naturally occurring air pockets in the sky are one of the most usual causes of turbulence. Mild turbulence is akin to a moving elevator, where the G-forces range from 0.8-1.2G’s. Most turbulence is around this level, and if you need confirmation, download the SOAR app. The app has many tools to calm your fears on-board, but also contains a G-force meter, to keep your worries at bay.
Learn how planes work
You are 75 times more likely to be in a car crash than you are in an airplane crash. Yet you probably don’t experience the same fear of driving, do you? However, statistics don’t tend to alleviate stress for new flyers. A great way to overcome your fear of flying is to understand how planes work. Understand that if something breaks on board an aircraft, there are usually multiples of that item to replace it. Furthermore, Nasa states that the pressure pushing the plane up is much greater than the pressure pushing the plane down. Newton’s Laws of Motion are just that: laws, that cannot be broken.
Focus on the purpose of your trip
The reasons people get on planes are wide and varied, but always worth the trip. You could be exploring a new culture, or catching up with long lost loved ones. Whatever the reason you happen to be sitting on that aircraft, keep it clear in your mind. Focusing on the higher purpose of your trip will put your fear of flying into perspective.
Try some meditation or relaxation exercises
Although extremely simple, relaxation exercises such as breathing and meditation can help greatly to alleviate stress or anxiety related to flying. Try filling your lower lungs, expanding your belly, then filling your upper lungs, and expanding your chest. Then, exhale slowly, relaxing each part of your body: your face, jaw, shoulders, stomach. Focus your attention on the sensation of your breath where it is strongest, and if you lose focus, just calmly bring your concentration back. If you can loosen the muscles in your body and calm your mind, your anxiety will reduce immediately.
The art of flight is one of the most wondrous inventions the human race has ever achieved. Without it, our positively globalised world would not be what it is today. Travel and trade would not have advanced, and our appreciation of other cultures would not have flourished. If you’re interested in truly overcoming your fear of flying and contributing to an incredible field of work, why don’t you contact Soar Advanced Flight Training today, where your pilot dreams can come true.