• Posted:Tuesday, August 11, 2009
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How to cope with fear of flying

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How to cope with fear of flying
I've never been a nervous flyer, perhaps because I've done so much of it in my time and am somewhat desensitised to the process. None of this armrest-clenching, intense sweating or vomiting over my hapless next door neighbour for me. That said, I know that there are a lot of people, even hardened backpackers, who can't stomach the idea of being thousands of feet up in the air in a big metal box. When you think of it in those terms, being afraid doesn't sound quite so silly. So this blog is for all those who panic at the plane doorway.

Speaking to the Independent, Professor Robert Bor - who co-wrote Overcome Your Fear of Flying - has provided a checklist of things to do to make air travel just that bit easier. Don't avoid it, is his first piece of advice. Apparently, phobias are very treatable and with a bit of perseverance you could be able to shake your fear off altogether. Also, consider the destination rather than the journey as, according to Professor Bor, having a purpose in mind when flying can help you overcome your fear. Learning a few relaxation techniques can work, he recommends, so get talking to people or switch on your iPod - anything to distract yourself from the fear you may be experiencing. Drinking is another key remedy - although boozing to sleep the problem away is not advised. Professor Bor says that water and juice alongside a bit of food can help control anxiety.

I say trust the good professor. He's not just a psychologist, he actually specialises in aviation clinical psychology and has published 25 books so his word is probably better than most.ADNFCR-2435-ID-19307144-ADNFCR
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