How One Woman Used Twitter to Ease Her Fear of Flying
Learning about flying helped to ease this fearful fliers anxiety.(Photo: Buena Vista Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images)
Is it possible to turn fear into fun? Is it possible? It’s something I never contemplated until I had to shake the worst fear I’d ever encountered, a fear of flying. The feeling was raw and real, created during a Qantas flight from California to Australia when I looked out my window and the engine was engulfed in flames after a turbine went through the side of the engine over the ocean. After that incident, I suffered from severe anxiety before I flew, while I flew, and even at the thought of flying, resulting in an overwhelming sense of fear.
After trying endless methods to help ease the anxiety, I ultimately overcame my fear by learning about flying, changing my focus from fear to fun and helping others to overcome their fear. I started a Twitter handle called @MakeFlyingFun to give people a place to read tips on how to overcome their fear of flying and ways to make the experience fun, and to share their own stories of how they have fun when hitting the sky.
Here are some of the tips shared on Make Flying Fun to help travelers feel safe when flying and make the experience more enjoyable:
Talking with the pilot is a great way to calm your nerves before a flight. (Photo: Vladimir Maravic/Vetta/Getty Images)
Speak to a Pilot
Make a list of all the things that make you nervous when flying, and then sit down with a pilot. Go through the list one by one and talk about why each item can happen and why passengers are never at risk. I felt a lot more at ease after I understood the mechanics of what made me nervous and why planes are the safest way to travel.
Try hypnosis to ease your flight anxiety. (Photo: Kaspiic/Thinkstock)