As we mentioned in our last blog post, the holidays are fast approaching and this can be a scary time for many of us. If stepping aboard the plane with jelly legs and sweaty palms is something you want to avoid then have a look at the following top tips for nervous flyers.
It has been reported that 25% of people are nervous about flying so you are not alone. Follow these top tips for nervous flyers to keep your cool and stay calm so you can enjoy your holiday from start to finish.
Give Yourself Time
Give yourself plenty of time to get to the airport. You’ll feel much calmer if you can get there early and grab a soft drink or read a book. Your anxiety, stress and nerves will be on high alert if you’re running late and worried about missing the flight.
Avoid Alcohol and Caffeine
While it might be tempting to grab a coffee to relax, the coffee will have the opposite effect. You’ll be on high alert, feeling more stressed and anxious than you did. While alcohol may be tempting to calm to nerves, or for some ‘Dutch Courage’, again it is worth avoiding. It won’t help you and it will make you feel worse.
Chat To Flight Attendants
Let the flight attendants know that you’re a nervous flyer. They can chat to you about your concerns and reassure you that you’re in safe hands. The flight attendants will have experience of dealing with nervous flyers so they’ll know how to calm you.
Make sure you pack a book, some puzzles or a magazine in your hand luggage. By keeping yourself busy and focusing on something you’ll forget about your worries. The time will also pass faster if you’re occupied on small tasks. If you are on a longer flight then try and rest or sleep to mitigate jetlag.
Remember The Stats
Travelling by air is the safest mode of transport. This shows you how safe flying really is and should help you stay calm. Also think positively. Think about where you are going, what you’ll do when you get there and how much fun you’ll have.
If you are really nervous about flying why not have a mini-trial before your holiday, on land? Why not book a fear of flying course with us? We can show you around the cockpit so you know what the captain can see. You can also see what to expect in the plane so you can put your mind at rest. Our fear of flying courses are really popular, so contact us now to book your space.