Afraid of flying? Here are proven tips to help you get over your phobia of airplanes.
Accept your fear of flying
Instead of fighting the feeling, replace your fear with acceptance, says Julia Breur, PhD, a licensed clinical psychotherapist in Boca Raton, Florida. According to Breur, accepting that you have a fear of flying—and the many physical and emotional changes that accompany it, such as sweating, trembling, or having worrisome thoughts—is an important step in getting over the fear of flying. Embracing your feelings rather than resisting them can better help better manage your flying-related anxiety.
Watch your fear from a distance
Although it's important to have an awareness of this fear, don't let this phobia define you. Breur suggests "watching" your flying fear from a distance, which essentially involves doing your best to detach yourself from anxiety-ridden thoughts about flying. "You are not your fear," she says of the importance of not letting these worrisome thoughts rule your life. It'll also help to know the 14 things you should never do on an airplane.
Act despite your fear of flying
Show your flying fear who's boss. In other words, go about your daily routine thinking and behaving as though you've overcome this phobia. Eventually, you'll come closer to beating this fear.