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  1. I remember that I can die at any moment – from a thromboembolism, a terrorist attack in the subway, a car accident, a plane crash, but you never know. So I work hard. The point, it seems to me, is not how long you will live in absolute numbers, but whether there will be anything socially useful that you have managed to do. Every time after the completion of another big project (such as a book) for two months, the thought of possible death in a plane crash no longer bothers: the project is finished, everything is fine. Unfortunately, this view of things, I suspect, becomes completely irrelevant in the case of children (which means that you can not die for another eighteen years in any case).

  2. What to do? Pray. When I flew alone (or as a child with my parents) , I was absolutely fine. About two years ago, I flew with my son (he really wanted to, his sister flies every year) and just prayed a little. I chose a good company, chose a new plane, and prayed twice, on takeoff and landing. He addressed the plane, praised it, and called on the Lord to come to his senses. In short, as I could, because I am an atheist.

  3. It's very simple. If you take the time and just read the description of what happens at each stage of the flight and what the pilots are doing at this moment, then most likely the fear will pass. After all, you will already understand why the aircraft is gaining altitude or descending, making a U-turn, etc.!

  4. Using the example of several friends, I can say that they were helped by understanding the processes that occur with the aircraft during the flight. Then all the sounds become clear. And for greater clarity, I can recommend the books of V. Ershov, a professional civil aviation pilot. He has several books, all about aviation, and specifically about aerophobia. These are fiction books, but they are very informative and easy to read.

    You can also fly on a flight simulator, but not on a home computer, but on a professional one-now there are already several.

    Well, if we fly through Sheremetyevo, then in the arrival area of Terminal E airport there is a psychological assistance center for passengers with aerophobia.

    And if it is absolutely beyond fear – then go to specialists, psychologists, etc.

  5. Until recent events, it was enough for me to mentally abstract a little from the airport troubles and imagine in advance that I was now going to take a regular minibus. According to statistics, it is hardly safer, but it is familiar, and the average person does not cause fear. When landing is made, it is enough to imagine that my minibus periodically does not shake too much on bumps, or it even rests on the off-road.

    It also worked on several fellow travelers, but the fear, of course, was initially moderate – the usual nerves of a healthy person and the desire to avoid discomfort during the flight. When everything is over, we calmly look out the windows, surprised to enjoy an unusually beautiful view from the minibus.

    In case of a panic attack, of course, it is better to contact specialists.

  6. Before the flight, it is difficult to think of something to distract myself, because all my thoughts are occupied with how to check in, check in luggage, etc., but on takeoff and in moments of turbulence, conversations with someone help me (since I usually travel not alone, there are no problems with the interlocutor). A consultation with a psychologist helps quite well, literally 3-4 visits were enough for me to reduce my anxiety if not to remove it.

  7. I don't fight in any way. I know – two hours of fear and you're there. Whether I'm scared or not doesn't change anything if I'm already in flight. Therefore, it remains to relax and enjoy the flight.

  8. On the eve of departure, collect a “package of good pieces”for yourself. Collect there pleasant books, a player with fun music, magazines with beautiful pictures, delicious, etc. Put everything you love in this bag. Then you will even start to look forward to the flight a little.

    And when you pass all the controls, just before boarding the plane, sit at the airport window and look at your plane and think about what you would like to ask the pilot. When you get on the plane, tell the flight attendants that you are afraid to fly, that you would like to meet the pilots (only do this at the entrance – after takeoff, the pilots are not allowed access). The pilot will be very happy to see you. Do you know how lonely and bored we are the whole flight afterward! We like to show our buttons and light bulbs. Then you can go back to your seat. Dig through your “package of good stuff”. While you are driving to the runway, you may hear some sounds, do not be nervous, these are your new friends, the pilots, finally checking the equipment so that you will surely fly well.

  9. When I first started my travel life, and I began to actively use airplanes, the fear did not let go of me all the time of the flight, but take-off and landing were especially terrible. So I decided to deal with the fear in these stages. At first, I secretly plugged in my headphones and listened to hardrock at full volume. It was distracting. Then, realizing that most accidents occur during takeoff and landing, I began to struggle with perception. For takeoff, I realized that the faster we accelerated, the better we would take off. And it really helped, after takeoff I just admired the views from the window. With the landing, everything turned out to be more difficult. On the descent stage, I again admired the views, forcing myself not to think about fear, but about the fact that I have a unique opportunity to look at this city from above. And at the end, at the point of no return, which is 100-150 meters, I focused on the actions of the pilots: how fast they descend, how we land ( with or without bouncing). As a result, these practices became a habit. Well, flying was not so scary. Statistics about the probability of death in a plane crash also help a lot. It is important to try to behave in flight as in normal life and not think about the bad. All flying – do not be afraid and good luck!

  10. There are several types of fear.

    Phobias, Phobic reactions, and Panic states

    If you have a third person, then you are most likely afraid of everything, not just airplanes. This is for the doctors�

    If you have an irrational phobia of flying , go to a normal psychologist with NLP skills. It is removed in one session. Techniques for self-study – in the video.

    If fear is a reaction to something else, a protective one, for example, because you don't want to fly – also see a psychologist. You need to understand what is hidden behind fear and change your behavior to a more appropriate one.

    About all this in the video


  11. One of my friends was very afraid to fly literally in a panic, before the flights she drank mountains of motion sickness pills in self-flying cars, and during the flights the flight attendants decided whether to call a doctor and take emergency measures.�

    In general, the woman was willing to sacrifice time losing many hours to travel by train, yet… she didn't have the opportunity to fly business class. Now she actively flies around the world and does not remember her past problems.

    It sounds snobbish, of course, but comfort during the flight is important. Some people are not afraid of the fact that the miracle of technology is flying through the air, but they are uncomfortable in the confined space of a cramped and stuffy low-cost cabin, too close-standing chairs violate psychological comfort, there is not enough opportunity to drink a glass of water or tea to relax, etc.

  12. First of all, I figured out what I was afraid of there. I'm afraid to take off and I'm afraid to land, I'm afraid of turbulence and sounds. Then he began to sort it out quietly.�

    First, watch the planes take off. On YouTube, the car is a video straight from the salon. You will remember what sounds the plane makes during takeoff (for example, the upholstery cracks). See what the pilots are doing on takeoff. �

    Then, turbulence. There is a pilot Lech, a well-known blogger. He says that in turbulence, you should not interfere with the plane to fly. There is no wind to make the plane fall. Check out the pilots ' video blogs. See what your flight depends on. A friend of mine who used to work in the Sukhoi Design Bureau said that a plane at altitude can only be shot down by a rocket.

    Sounds. Here's one tip, watch flight videos and fly. If the flight ended well, consider all sounds normal.

    Landing. Here it is interesting. I used to be very afraid to take off and fly. I'm afraid to sit down now. Because now I know that the plane will not fall if it has speed and altitude. On landing, the speed decreases and the altitude drops, so this is the most dangerous stage of the flight.�

    In general, I used to be very afraid to fly, but now I'm almost not afraid. Before departure, I watch several videos of take-offs, several videos of people who are taking off for the first time. The first time I flew after these videos, I felt very comfortable: I looked out the window, I was ready to sleep. This is an incredible thrill, in fact, I wanted to fly straight to the USA.�

    Tip: do not fly with a hangover or sick. My vestibular apparatus immediately starts to fail and all the time it seems that we are falling somewhere. It's very uncomfortable.

  13. Lately, I've been choosing a train or a car. Yes, more time is spent on the road, but the state of mind is calm, nothing poisons the rest, and there is no panic a week before the flight. No need to drink alcohol, take sleeping pills, convulsively squeeze the armrests and tighten the seat belt, and after the flight, immunity does not fall to a minimum… For today, my choice is Moscow time-Nice by train from Belorussky railway station and I don't care about the weather forecast and news about air accidents.

  14. I already know that no tricks will help me, and I just don't sleep for a day before the flight, and before boarding I eat muscle relaxants and literally lose consciousness 🙂 I can't get a good night's sleep, you don't notice it in normal life, but before I fall asleep, all the sounds disappear abruptly, and this makes me jump in my chair in a panic, afraid that the engines have stopped working. I end up napping, suffering, sweating, gritting my teeth, and thinking that in the long run, it's all worth it. Upon arrival, I immediately drink and sleep, if possible.

  15. An aviation psychologist, a professional pilot Alexander Gevrash, has appeared in our country. He tells us all about aviation and fears in a very interesting way. In many ways, fear arises from the unknown, and not an adequate assessment of risks. He examines all kinds of fears and gives advice. All over the world, there have long been organizations where aviation “conducts a conversation” with the passenger. In our country, it seems to be the first, or if not the first, then the most famous. His videos make life easier for the passenger in many ways) you can start with this�


    and watching this video once helped me a lot https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7P9OAng32F0 Where they show what landing time in Birmingham (England) is during a certain season of strong winds.�

    Personally, I either watch Gevrash before the flight, or have a good drink))

  16. Usually, all the tricks described above help me, but not completely. So I keep a sedative with me and try to breathe more deeply. In fact, the only flight I had was without panic attacks, thanks to a wonderful flight attendant on Ural Airlines. It so happened that she was sitting in front of us at the emergency exit, talking, talking about flight safety, about her work. And now, after a couple of hours, I was already looking out of the window (which is absolutely not typical for me)! I'm awfully grateful to this girl. In general, do not be afraid to contact flight attendants, they can really help: at a minimum, they will bring water and calm you down in case of panic.

    I do not advise you to drink before the flight or take strong drugs, as before takeoff they can play a cruel joke on your nerves. I remember that just before the first flight, I took a whole tablet of valium instead of half (I was taking it at that time as part of a course of treatment for panic disorder), waited for it to work just at the time of landing, and it worked immediately at the check-in counter. It was a terrible shame, because I was talking like a drug addict, and by the time I landed, I was starting to feel quite the opposite. It turns out that I've only made it worse for myself. So it is with alcohol. It is better to try to do something win-win interesting for you: read a terribly exciting book, listen to your favorite music, in which you literally disappear and do not notice anything else around you, etc. It won't help much, but it will distract you at least a little. If you suffer from panic attacks, it is better to keep validol or corvalol, anaprilin, if you suffer from nervous tachycardia. Personally, these tools help me both physically and mentally (I'm starting to think that the effect of them will soon come, the panic will pass, and it's already getting easier).

  17. As a child, when there was a fear during the flight, I came to this: during the flight, I began to imagine that the plane was not flying through the air, but was traveling on the ground, like a car. The road goes up and down, and imagining the road instead of air helped calm down.

  18. Three years ago, my friend and I agreed to fly to Barcelona for a vacation. However, when buying tickets, it turned out that she was afraid to fly, and that without me she would not fly to Barcelona (she was flying from another city). It was rather expensive for me to fly through Moscow to meet her there, and after much persuasion, she agreed to fly alone.

    She thought about the approach of the flight, and even with a transfer, with a hysterical shudder. As a result, she pumped up a bunch of movies about aerophobia and ways to deal with it. After a month of watching it, it was released, and it flew perfectly. Now a little tense, but no longer afraid.

  19. The statistical fact that a car crash is much more likely than a plane crash is enough for me.

    There is one crash per 1,300,000 flights.

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