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7 Things Only People Who Suffer From Flying Phobia Understand

7 Things Only People Who Suffer From Flying Phobia Understand

Aviophobia or aerophobia is a phobia of flying that is often misunderstood. It is a common fear and affects nervous fliers from all walks of life. Sometimes it is noticeable in individuals who may show symptoms like clenched fists, rocking or sweating and other times it goes by unnoticed to the untrained eye. Celebrities like Jennifer Aniston, to Colin Farrell have been known to voice their own flying fears and how they cope. To set the record straight, read on to separate the fact from the misconceptions.

1. You would rather notify flight attendants of your condition than suffer in silence

You  know that flight attendants are experienced in dealing with passengers who have had your condition before and you make sure to alert them before take-off to keep an eye on you during a flight. Flight attendants are extra vigilant about nervous fliers and make sure to check on them often. Having this extra support helps ease your mind a bit by knowing you have a safety net if you start to feel your anxiety levels rise.

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2. You do anything to keep busy

It is important to distract yourself at all times while airborne to keep your nerves at bay. You always make sure that your iPad is loaded with your favorite movies and TV shows. You buy your favorite magazine at the airport because you know that it will help you forgot that you are 35,000 feet up in the air.

3. You always eat a light snack before flying

Flying on an empty stomach is your worse enemy. Being anxious, while having low blood sugar is a recipe for disaster that you have experienced firsthand. You always make sure to come stocked with healthy snacks like a homemade turkey sandwich or a handful of almonds to give you energy.

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4. You know to book early and choose a seat in the front

Last minute booking is not ideal, because you are stuck with the back seats. Sitting in the back is the worst for nervous flyers because that is where the most turbulence is. To make your ride as smooth as possible it’s important to choose a seat as close to the front as possible.

5. You prefer an aisle seat

Avoiding a window seat at all costs, you always try to book a aisle seat. Being able to see outside just heightens your fear and makes you constantly remember that you are flying high above the clouds. Being next to the aisle also brings you comfort because it eases your mind knowing that you have a quick escape to the emergency exit if something does go awry.

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6. You are careful what you drink before a flight

Drinking any form of a stimulant is something that you avoid whenever you fly. To get your mind at ease, you prefer drinking herbal tea like chamomile that has been known to have a soothing effect. You also avoid any form of alcohol, because even through a glass of wine is known to calm your nerves, it will ultimately leave you feeling more dehydrated and lethargic and will not help in the long run.

7. You know the power of shutting out the noise

Creating a peaceful environment is a number one priority when you are flying. Whether you use noise-canceling earphones or just plain old earplugs, you have realized long ago that your fear of being airborne lessens when you are able to drown out the background noise. Listening to crying babies or loud passengers can create more stress, but having the right tools to block them out is a easy solution for your peace of mind.

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Last Updated on April 8, 2020

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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