Do You Have Any Tips For Nervous Flyers?

Do you have any tips for nervous flyers? Though you really don't have anything to worry about, being nervous about flying is quite common. Forms of meditation and various distractions may be your best bets for staying calm during flight.

Seasoned flyers rarely give flying a second thought. However, if you are new to air travel, you may be a bit nervous about your first flight. Though many may tell you everything will be fine, there are some things you can do to relax while in the air when you can't quite take their word for it.


"I know it sounds cliché, but the thing you should remember is that air travel is the safest form of travel," says Milena Garita, Reservations Sales Representative with Continental Airlines. "When something happens to a plane and it goes down, it's national news because it is so rare."

If you are so worked up about flying that you are considering staying home from an important event, you may want to talk to your doctor. The same is true if you are going on an overseas flight or simply flying a longer distance then you are used to.

"If you are going to go on a very long flight, you may want to consult with a doctor about medications that may help you," suggests Garita. "Sometimes, there are things that may help you get through the flight."

Why do some people get nervous about longer flights or overseas flights?

"Sometimes it's just the vast expanse of water beneath them that makes them nervous," says Garita. "It's really quite common to be nervous on your first overseas flight."




Take some time before your flight to confront your fears.

"You should mentally prepare yourself," says Garita. "Chances are your travel plans are not spur of the moment, so you have time to prepare yourself so you are comfortable with the prospect of going into the air."

Calming yourself may be as easy as having something to do to occupy your mind.

"Take along an I-Pod or a compact disk player. You could also bring crossword puzzles or books to read," says Garita. "These will help you keep your mind occupied on other things. If you aren't concentrating on where you are, you are more likely to relax."

Many passengers take the time to catch up on work or sleep while on long flights. You can also bring along a portable game to play, or a journal.

Shorter flights may help easy your anxiety.

"If you are a nervous flyer, the best thing to do is to take a connecting flight," says Garita.

Unless you are in a huge hurry to get where you are going, this can help break up a long flight.

"That way you get a little time on the ground instead of flying for eight straight hours," explains Garita. "It may take you a little longer to get to your destination, but you will have some time on the ground, and some time to realize it wasn't that bad."

This may work for some people, but not for others. If taking off and landing are bothering you, extra connections will only add to your nervousness. Another suggestion might be meditation.

"It doesn't work for everyone, but meditation can be a good relaxation tool that will help calm your nerves," says Garita.

Though you really don't have anything to worry about, being nervous about flying is quite common. Forms of meditation and various distractions may be your best bets for staying calm during flight.

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