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Tips to cope with Fear of flying

Tags: Fear, Anxiety

The fear of flying (aerophobia) is an excessive worry about air travel. It is believed to affect one in ten of the population, however some studies suggest that the proportion is much higher. Fear of flying can be linked to the fear of airplanes or it could be an aspect of other psychological problems such as panic attacks, claustrophobia or post-traumatic stress disorder. People suffering from fear of flying often suffer increased anxiety and panic attacks at the thought of flying and many avoid air travel as a result of this.

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Peter says...

I have always been a nervous flyer. I don't like the feeling of helplessness and not being in control. Interestingly, when someone is driving me in their car I don't have the same feeling even though I am probably at bigger danger than when I'm in the air. Many websites suggest that if you have a fear of flying you should take an aisle seat but I have to disagree with that. I like to know what is going on and being able to look out of the window is a big help. I also keep checking the face expressions of the flight attendants. If they look relaxed I'm not panicking that much. I found that while drinking alcohol is very helpful on short flights it's not so on long-haul flights. It makes me dehydrated and agitated so it just makes things worst.

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