How to Overcome a Fear of Flying. Studies have found that millions of people have a fear of flying, despite the enormous odds against a mishap. There are several ways to conquer your fears and make air travel more endurable.
Things You'll Need
- Yellow Pages
- Stress Relief Products
- Portable CD Players
- Relaxation Tapes
Accept that it is unlikely you can conquer your fear of flying without help.
Get counseling or join a group. Since fear of flying is such a common phobia, many excellent clinics are available to help you. Look in the yellow pages under 'Clinics,' 'Mental Health Services' or 'Psychologists.'
Read a book. Countless books are devoted to overcoming the fear of flying. Most include instructions on special breathing and relaxation methods and other helpful techniques.
Buy a tape. Some fear-of-flying programs are on tape so you can listen to instructions for relaxation and breathing.
Have confidence that you can succeed. Even the most serious fears about flying can be conquered with proper treatment and hard work.
Ask your physician for a prescription drug to relax you when you must fly, if all else fails. Keep in mind, however, that most professionals believe you can conquer this fear without medication.