I love to travel but flying has always scared me. If you’re a nervous flyer like me with episodes of panic attack in planes, then maybe these tips can help:
1. Avoid coffee
Caffeine can cause palpitations and nervousness. You really don’t want to be extra paranoid with that caffeine boost.
2. Breath in breath out
Calm yourself down. Tell your brain everything is alright because turbulence in the plane is quite normal. As I’ve read, it is just like riding the car on the bumpy road.
3. Take sleeping pills but not really recommended for short flights
You can pretty much sleep through it by taking melatonin but be extra cautious if you need to be alert during the rest of the flight and or after the flight.
4. Know the facts before flying.
Read articles about turbulence. To sum it up, it just tells you that everything is going to be okay because first, the aircraft is engineered and built to withstand extreme weather. IT WILL NOT FALL APART OR CRASH DOWN..it will just shake terribly as it goes through the clouds hehe! Second, your airline will not risk traveling in very bad weather. Lastly, turbulence is just ripples in the air and is normal and most of the time your pilot will maneuver the plane to avoid it for the comfort of the passengers.
5. They say book very early in the morning or late at night.
Why? There’s reduced wind speed and therefore less turbulence.
6. Look at the flight attendant.
Is she just pretending to be calm? Does she seem afraid? Maybe try to look at her and if she’s not bothered then why should you?
7. Book a seat at the wing side. Don’t stay at the back.
According to SkyScanner.net:
Experts suggest that opting for seats situated over the plane’s wings, and nearest to the aircraft’s centre of gravity may minimise the effects of turbulence. During unsettled conditions, the bumpiest ride is likely to be had by passengers seated closest to the tail of the plane – so give these seats a miss if jerky journeys are a particular concern.
Stephen Slater of the Honourable Company of Air Pilots recommends sitting in business or first class as you normally have more space around you, and this allows your eye line and sense of balance to attune itself better to movement, therefore passengers might feel less queasy.
8. Distract yourself.
Bring a book and read, listen to a relaxing music or watch TV, anything that will temporarily distract you.
Just say a silent prayer if it gives you courage.
10. Tighten your seat belt and place your legs on your seat.
Never remove your seat belt even during the cruising part because the flight may encounter clear air turbulence — the one that pilots really can’t avoid.