Scott Beale Aviation in Aviation, Lifestyle, Travel Aviation and Aerospace Professional • Self-Employed Jan 29, 2020 · 1 min read · +100

Soothing Your Anxiety on a Flight

Soothing Your Anxiety on a Flight


Flying over 30,000 feet in the sky, in a compact space can really offset someone’s anxiety. Unless you are a pilot, flight attendant, or frequent flyer, you are not likely to be in the air often. Experiencing anxiety while up in the air is normal, and many people go through the very same feeling. To soothe your own anxiety while up in the air, here are a few things that you can do.

Do Your Research and Know the Facts

If you have read any flying safety statistics you many have already heard that driving is more dangerous than flying. While this is a good place to start, there are many more safety statistics that you should be aware of. Learning more about flying will not only educate you, but reduce your anxiety.

Did you know that according to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), there is only a one in 11-million chance of being involved in a plane crash. Even if a crash does happen, 96 percent of passengers survive. The more you know, the more confident you will be on your next flight.

Release and Replace Your Thoughts

Educating yourself is only the first part of soothing your anxiety. On top of knowing more, you need to combat any of the “worst case” thoughts. When you tell yourself something over and over again, you may start to think that it’s real. Trying the technique of “releasing and replacing” will help you feel less anxiety since you will be overriding your negative thoughts with positive ones. For example, with a thought like, “I’m afraid to fly because the plane will crash”, replace it with, “Flying scares me, but I will be fine and the plane will not get in an accident”.

Do Whatever it Takes to Distract Yourself

Whether you have short flight or a long flight, it’s best to distract yourself in any way that you can. Before your plane departs, write down a list of things you want to accomplish while you are up in the air. When you are up in the air, work diligently and try to check off everything that you wrote down. Try reading a few chapters of a new book, brainstorming a few upcoming birthday gift ideas, or commit to a project, whether it’s work related or personal related. As long as you keep busy, the time on the plane will pass by.