I once had an anxiety attack on a plane. This was well before security rose to its current level and the steward was able to whisk me off to the cockpit for a spot of reassurance. I walked in to find the pilots with their feet up on the dashboard eating sandwiches and making jokes (this was an Australian airline).It was the best thing for me. I sat in a spare seat and watched as they flew the plane by, well not doing much at all: skirt a cyclone here, rise above a storm there, yawn a bit, flirt with me. I went back to my seat feeling rather better than when I had left it.
Its been estimated that over thirty percent of flyer experience some anxiety about flying, ranging from mild concern through to avoiding flying altogether.
TIPS TO HELP FEAR OF FLYING:
1. Participate in a Fear of Flying Program, often run by airlines and culminates in a short flight to experience how well you have overcome
2. Use visualization, meditation, positive thinking, breathing and a whole range of self-help techniques to relax body and mind
3. Get to the airport early so you are not rushing around being anxious before you fly
4. Have a good meal before the flight and keep off the alcohol
5. Be aware that flying is far safer than almost anything else you do to get around. Its ten time safer than climbing stairs, 21 time safer than driving your car and you would have to take a flight every day for 30,000 years before you are likely to encounter a fatal air crash. Do you feel better now?
Well, that feels better. Now should I be more anxious about getting in the car to go the airport than actually getting in a plane?