You Are Not Alone.
You Can Overcome It
Ok, the Caption has turned on the fasten your seatbelt light, your filled with sheer terror holding the arm rest in a death grip. What now!
You Are Not Alone
Studies have shown just under 50% of us have experienced some degree of anxiety when racing across the skies. In fact the National Institute of Mental Health has stated 6.5% of the population or 23 million of us experience overwhelming fear when airborne, it actually qualifies as a phobia.
This can be a real problem for those who refuse to fly outright. What if you have family overseas, perhaps a loved one becomes critically ill, miss out on that once in a dream lifetime vacation, need to travel for work, etc… There are to many drawbacks. We all surfer from cognitive disorders, this means our minds can convince ourselves of things that are not true.. In the case of flying we are escalating our ability for emotional reasoning. In other words,
-what we feel must be true-
So we convince ourself the plane is unsafe so it must be true. The only conclusion you can get from this is an overestimation of a bad outcome without the ability of examining the facts. So the secret to overcoming these fears is to correct any misconceptions.
Feeling anxiety like we all do does not need to manifest into fear or danger.
Just concentrate on the facts. The chance of being in a fatal plane crash is 1 in 7 million. You are in more danger on the drive to the airport. As we covered in “4 out of 5 Of Us Will Be Eaten By Sharks This Year” you are more likely to die from a falling coconut. Commercial airlines service their fleets 12 hours for every 12 hours in the air. Its a fact.
Most of the fear we experience is the unknown.
A few years back flying into Memphis we noticed some condensation exiting the vent above us, a few moments later we hear a lady on the row behind us screaming for the flight attendant to alert her the plane was on fire. The attendant explained to her it was a combination of humidity outside and the cold air being generated on the interior of the plane. It took a good 15 minutes to calm her down. Asking questions can ease anxiety. Avoidance keeps our fears alive. The more that we avoid flying, the more we reinforce the idea that flying is dangerous. Repetition is a great way to reset one’s mind. From an evolutionary perspective, this quick activation system is necessary to react to immediate life or death. All one needs are a few calm standard successful flights and you are well on the road to recovery. Therapy is always a great option for those of us that have trouble letting go of our fear.
Hoping this brings comfort!
And Now For Something Completely Different!
A plane was taking off from Kennedy Airport. After it reached a comfortable cruising altitude, the captain made an announcement over the intercom, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is your captain speaking. Welcome to Flight Number 293, nonstop from New York to Los Angeles. The weather ahead is good and therefore we should have a smooth and uneventful flight. Now sit back and relax — OH MY GOD!” Silence followed and after a few minutes, the Captain came back on the intercom and said, “Ladies and Gentlemen, I’m so sorry if I scared you earlier, but while I was talking, the flight attendant brought me a cup of coffee and spilt it in my lap. You should see the front of my pants! A passenger in Coach said, “That’s nothing, he should see the back of mine!”