A fear of flying advice guide product by leading airport parking website parkat
It can be very hard to comprehend how stressful flying can be if you do not suffer or personally know someone who is a fearful flyer. The fear of flying is also commonly known to as aerophobia or aviatophobia.
Most of us at some point in our lives will find flying on an aeroplane or any another flying vehicle stressful or induces a worrying butterfly feeling within our stomachs. These feelings may not restrict us from simply flying and are often temporary, but for some people, the fear of flying can seriously restrict a persons travel plans which could include visiting friends and family and in some cases missing out on job opportunities.
We have created this fear of flying guide to help relive some of the stress and anxiety and also raise awareness for persons who are restricted by the fear of flying.
It’s a common fact the the actual journey to the airport is indeed more dangerous than the actual flight.
What do people actually fear?
For some people it’s not just the flying part of the journey which induces the fear, it’s the confined space with no escape and the fear of heights. In other words it could be just one factor or multiple worries which combine and mold the phobia.
With the current threat of terrorism more people have been fearful of flying because their is an increase risk of the aircraft being hijacked by terrorists.
A common treatment which is very successful is to educate the fearful flyer about how the processes of flying actually works. Starting from the basics is the best method right from how the aircraft works mechanically to sounds which passengers are likely to hear when flying such as turbulence or the seat belt sign.
The use of anti anxiety drugs can some times prove successful but will not be prescribed by a doctor unless most of the other treatments are exhausted. It’s not recommend that frequent flyers which could include business people who travel 2-3 times a week rely on anti anxiety medication because of the risk of dependency.
A double blind case study has been carried out by several Universities testing the effectiveness of anti anxiety medication such as benzodiazepines to reduce the fear of flying.
The results were surprising and shown that people who took a common benzodiazepines such as Xanax had higher heart and respiration rates compared to people who took the placebo.
It just goes to prove than self exposure can be extremely helpful in overcoming the fear surrounded around flying on commercial aircraft.
Learning to relax is no easy task and requires practice, you’ve probably seen someone trying to calm another person down while enduring a panic attack with the count to ten method. You probably thought that this is some kind of psychological trick but it actually works wonders.
When you are stressed and in this case due to the fear of flying your body is pumping chemicals into the blood stream which is used to prepare you for the “flight and fight” which is where the sympathetic nervous system is activated to increase things such as your heart rate and dilation of blood vessels.
Your body will remain in the Homeostasis state due to your body being overwhelmed with adrenaline or noradrenaline.
The flight and fight mode is common within animals such as cats when they are approached by a predator or another animal such as a dog. The cats body will be flooded with hormones and the sympathetic nervous system will kick in within a matter of seconds preparing the cat for life and death situation increasing the pupil dilation and heart rate to help the cat defend its self.
The best way to reverse and prevent the sympathetic nervous system kicking in and inducing excess stress, breathing and heart rate is to learn how to relax by using the best technique available before and during the process of flying which is “controlled breathing”
Inhaling through your nose deep into your lungs and exhaling slower and slower after each breath through your mouth. The process of exhaling until your lungs are empty will slowly increase each time. So eventually it will take ten seconds to exhale the air from your lungs.
Your not alone notable famous people and celebrities who fear flying.