Statistics show that one in three users of airplanes is afraid of flying, which is known as aerophobia . And that is why airlines offer their users free courses to help them overcome fear, which are partly held inside an airplane.
The fear of flying can be a phobia in itself, generally sustained by the possibility of suffering an accident; a risk that, however, is less than in any other means of transport, especially the car. Sometimes, however, aerophobia has other components that can aggravate it, such as claustrophobia or irrational fear of heights (acrophobia).
In any of the cases, this fear of taking a plane causes intense suffering to those who suffer from it, anxiety being the most frequent way of expressing it, although in the most serious cases panic attacks or vomiting can occur even before getting on the plane. or just thinking about such a possibility, which leads many people to refuse to use this means of transport. However, many professionals and entrepreneurs are forced to travel by plane despite the fear of flying that they may feel.
The airlines are aware of them and currently offer people with aerophobia therapies to overcome it by taking courses that have two fundamental components:
- Education:the lack of information and false beliefs about the operation of airplanes, their safety is in many cases the basis of the fear of flying. These courses make it possible to overcome this obstacle and are completed with an exposure therapy, making the people who do them enter a plane to take part of this course.
- Psychological therapy:the fact that people with fear of flying get on a plane during the course is a way to develop a behavioral therapy, based on exposure to the cause of the problem. But nowadays it goes even a little further and in some cases flight simulators or virtual reality techniques are used so that the patient has direct exposure to the fact of flying. Feeling the turbulence, identifying by its causes the sounds that can be heard during the flight and reproducing all the sensations that can be experienced in it significantly help to overcome aerophobia .
However, there are a series of tips that can be very useful if, despite suffering from aerophobia , you have to travel by plane:
- Don’t avoid thinking about the fact that you must fly. On the contrary, it is good to review in your mind how the day in which you are going to travel by plane is going to develop.
- Properly inform yourself about the operation of the plane and its safety compared to other means of transport, such as the car.
- Avoid stress on the day of the flight, facing the day in a relaxed and unhurried way. It is advisable not to drink exciting drinks from the day before.
- Do not try to drown the fear in alcohol, as it can produce the opposite effect to the desired one and increase the fear.
- It is best to choose an aisle seat to avoid looking out the window.
- Performing relaxation exercises will allow you to overcome the anxiety generated by the fear of flying.
- Reading, music, or other similar distractions will help you abstract from the fact that you are flying. If you can sleep, even better.
- Turbulence is a frequent circumstance on flights. It must be considered that the pilot knows what he is doing and that the plane is prepared to withstand turbulence considerably greater than those that are usually produced in commercial flights.
- To travel by plane it is best to wear clothing that is as comfortable as possible.
- Better to eat light the day of the trip.
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