There’s nothing natural about careening through the sky in a metal box over mountains and oceans for hours at a time, so it’s not surprising how many people struggle with a fear of flying. Whether you fly often but constantly dread it or you’re jetting off on your first-ever flight, here are a few tips to keep in mind to assuage your fears.
Prepare with classes.
As with most skills, taking a class can be a great way to learn techniques to hone that skill. One example is the Fear of Flying Audio Course taught by an airline pilot and former flight instructor. Captain Stacey Chance will guide you through the flight process so you’re aware of what happens at all stages, including what is really going on during turbulence and inclement weather.
Confront your anxiety.
Another course to help you delve into the reasoning behind your fear is called Soar. Also taught by a flight captain, this program encourages you to explore your fear from a psychological perspective so you can develop coping mechanisms.
Use an app.
Once you’re actually buckled into your seat and the audio courses seem like a distant memory, you can arm yourself with a mobile app like Valk to help you through the real-life scenarios. Valk informs you of the weather conditions, flight safety statistics and even has on-demand stress-relieving techniques.
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