Effective Ways to Overcome Your Fear of Flying for Your Honeymoon
Overcoming a fear of flying takes a lot of courage and practice. But it is possible with appropriate treatment. Most “flight phobics” agree that flying is safe, yet frightening. They have a hard time reconciling their fear of safety statistics. Although we know our phobias are not logical, we cannot reason ourselves out of one.
Many of the most popular honeymoon destinations of 2020
call for a flight spanning upwards of 10 hours, which is enough to scare the daylights out of some soon-to-be brides and grooms.
Luckily, there are many solutions for how to overcome your fear of flying in time for your honeymoon.
Our fears of flying have triggers, which are thoughts, images, sensations, and memories to which we have become sensitized. A person who is sensitized to certain bodily feelings might fear turbulence or normal take-off and landing. And someone who fears heights might become terrified thinking about flying many miles above the ground.
The list of triggers is long: turbulence, take-off, landings, terrorism, crashes, social anxieties, or being too far from home. Some people fear fire, an illness spread through the air system, using the toilets, or violence on a plane. Others have a “bad feeling” about their flight, afraid that their anxieties will somehow predict a catastrophe.
Step onto the airplane with knowledge
Anxiety thrives on ignorance and feeds off “what if?” catastrophic thoughts. But once you become knowledgeable, your “what if?” thoughts are limited by the facts. Become familiar with the facts. They will not eliminate your anxiety, but they will help you manage it.
Separate fear from danger
It is often difficult to separate anxiety from danger because your body reacts in exactly the same way to both. Be sure to label your fear as anxiety. Tell yourself that anxiety makes your frightening thoughts feel more likely to occur, and remind yourself that feeling anxious doesn’t mean you are in danger. You are safe even when feeling intense anxiety.
Smooth over things that go bump in the flight
To manage anxiety when turbulence hits, learn about airplanes, and how they are designed to handle turbulence. Focus on managing your anxiety, rather than when the turbulence will end or how severe it might get. Remind yourself that you are safe.
Educate fellow fliers on how to help you
Other fliers need to know what frightens you, along with what helps you most to cope with anxiety during a flight. Your task is to be clear about your triggers and ask specifically for what you find most useful.
In the days leading up to your trip, it’s easy to let the flight anxiety build. When this happens, counter your fear of flying with the exciting prospect of getting to be on a plane, hopefully going somewhere fun. Try to focus on the positive—like all the things you’ll do once you reach your destination.