I’ve been on my fair share of flights, especially over the last few years. Flying regularly means I’ve pretty much gotten over the fear of flying. However, some first time flyers or people who find flying stressful might think otherwise. Here are 7 tips and tricks to helping your mind get over flying.
1. Coloring Books:
Keeping yourself occupied during the flight is one of the key tips in keeping your nerves at bay. Coloring books keep your mind focused on the design and color planning. These days you can find coloring books of all sorts on the internet. This book is great for calming and relaxation.
2. Write your name backwards:
It’s true, writing your name backwards during turbulence can help ease the mind. Instead of focusing your tension on the bumps, your mind is forced to figure out how to write your name in a way that you normally wouldn’t. Bonus tip: Try writing your name backwards with your non-dominant hand.
3. Chew Gum:
When you eat, your brain is tricked into thinking you’re in a safe place. Think about it, would you be eating if you were in imminent danger? No. The act of chewing can help with nervousness before, during, or after the flight.
4. Mental Games
Popular mental games such as crossword puzzles, sudoku, and even Candy Crush can help redirect your focus elsewhere.
5. Download your favorite playlist
Download a playlist with all of your favorite songs. Listening to something familiar may help you feel at peace. Bonus tip: download a few rap songs and try to concentrate on the lyrics. Not only will you be well acquainted with the song, but it will also give your mind some redirection.
6. Watch a Funny Movie
It’s hard to be nervous when you’re laughing and smiling. Download a funny movie or even a podcast. You can get thousands of free movies and books from Amazon Prime. Click here for a 30 day Free-Trial.
7. Pay attention to the flight attendants
If they’re calm and moving about the cabin normally, then relax. They’ve been on so many flights that if something were seriously wrong, you could tell. If you’re feeling the nerves, just spot a flight attendant and rest assured.
There you have it! My top 7 tricks to cure fear of flying. The most important thing to note is to just be relaxed. There are more people killed by donkeys every year than there are plane accidents. So on that note, enjoy your flight!
-Such A Sweetheart