A business traveller with a fear of flying? Surely not I hear you say, but in fact it is a very common occurrence.
The fear of flying can have a big impact on not only on your life, but your career too. You may find yourself turning down opportunities to attend important business conferences overseas due to your fears. And even when you can get on the plane, you may feel too anxious to sleep, making for an exhausting journey. Anxiety can sap your productivity meaning any work intended to be completed on board is pushed to the side as you deal with your fears.
Here we have some handy tips to help you with your next flight…
#1 Separate your fears from the real danger.
It's good to remember, feeling anxious about an event or situation such as flying in an aircraft doesn't mean the outcome you play over in your mind is indeed going to happen.
Flying is one of the safest forms of transportation with commercial aircraft averaging 12 hours of maintenance for every hour it spends up in the air. According to Psychcentral.com, the chance of being in a fatal plane crash is 1 in 7 million, with the most dangerous part of the journey being the drive to the airport.
Taking the above odds in account, you are more likely to perish from a lightning strike, shark attack or fall from a ladder.
#2 If you're unsure on anything ask your cabin crew.
If you are unsure on anything - ask your flight attendant, they are there to help you and they are used to dealing with nervous flyers. A lot of what travellers fear with flying is the unknown, a noise you haven't heard before, a light flickering, hand gestures between the cabin crew, these can leave your heart in a flutter, when really all of these can always be explained.
Using relaxation techniques such as deep breathing or meditation, may help before and during the flight. Using a technique called visualisation can also benefit you, in which you try to continually picture yourself at your end destination enjoying yourself after a smooth and enjoyable flight.
#4 Practice Makes Perfect
One of the only ways to conquer your fears is to face them head on. With this is mind British Airways developed a “Flying with Confidence” Programme. The programme (which has helped 50,000 people within the last 30 years conquer their fears with a 98% pass rate) busts the myths and mysteries of flying along with coping mechanisms.
Did you know?: Famous celebrities with a fear of flying include - Ben Affleck, Aretha Franklin and Sandra Bullock.
Do you have any tips on how to combat a fear of flying? If so, we’d love to hear from you! Just leave a comment in the box below…