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How to fly?

I have a fear of flying; what can I do to make the process easier on myself? I feel so limited because I can't really travel!

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A fear of flying is a common phobia, and there are several ways you can start to counteract your fear. It's a slow process, though, so you need to be patient! You won't get over it all at once, but with time you should be able control your emotional response well enough to go anywhere!

First of all, something that might comfort you is to have as much information as possible about the flight, plane, and flying experience before you ever leave for the airport. This information is available on the internet, at the airline's website. In addition, you can talk to friends who fly frequently and can describe the experience from start to finish in detail, so you know exactly what to expect. Think through it frequently, and get yourself used to the whole idea. Feeling prepared might help you to be less afraid. You can also study the emergency procedures for airplanes, in the rare event that something goes wrong. Keep in mind, however, that you're much more likely to die in a car crash than from an airplane falling out of the sky!

A little more uncommon way of conquering a phobia is to pretend to do the action. Set up your living room with chairs oriented like an airplane, and have someone act out the part of a flight attendant. Imagine that you really are flying, and do this exercise several times. It may help reassure you that nothing bad will happen when you fly.

The last and hardest step is simply to force yourself to fly. Take short trips, an hour or less, and try to remain calm. Exposure is the best way to kill a phobia, so you'll have to try eventually.

I wish you luck! Flying can be a truly wonderful experience.

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