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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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Featured photo credit: Flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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