Fear of Flying: step onto your next flight with knowledge

Misinformation is one of the biggest driving factors for fear of flying. People either hear incorrect stories or facts, or they dream them up in their minds and convince themselves it’s real. The true, factual flying information is out there, and freely accessible by you when you’re ready to learn the foundation of flying.

Brush up on reading about take off and landing procedures for air staff and the airplane. Read about the engine placement and what pilots do to ensure the landing is as safe as possible. Brush up on turbulence – it’s causes, and how it’s impossible for the phenomenon to crash a plane. Even do some reading on natural ways to remain calm, cool, and collected throughout the duration of your flight.

Information is your biggest weapon against irrational fear of flying. We do our best to provide you with that information when you’re ready. Learn more at FlyHome Fear of Flying

Rain and Wind in the Northeast

Rain and Wind in the Northeast are causing areas of light to moderate turbulence for aircraft departing, or transitioning through the Northeast. So what does this mean for the fearful flyer? Yes, unfortunately, this does mean an increase in the likelihood of turbulence. With over 90% of all fearful flyers having a fear of turbulence, this will likely increase the amount of anxiety before and during your flight. Pilots will do everything in their power to avoid turbulence, however, if it can’t be avoided, we will always attempt to make the level of “bumps” minimal. If you are flying today in to or out of the Northeast, be sure to take advantage of the free Turbulence Forecast courtesy of FlyHome

Why knowing more about flying can help fliers conquer flight fears

If you’re someone ridden with flying anxiety and pre-flight nervousness, you probably know exactly what we’re referring to here. So many people know very little about the mechanisms and technology that go into flying. This lack of information spirals into hysteria when they dream up irrational endings for the plane they’re on.

If you know basics about airplanes, airports, and flying patterns, you’ll find yourself far less fearful pre-flight and during flight than you probably are now. Flying is exponentially safer than driving, and has nearly perfected the art of seamless aero-transportation.

Follow along with us at FlyHome to stay updated on the basic breakdown of flying, flights, airports, and what to expect when traversing the sky for your next destination.

Turbulence in the Central US

A line of weather extending from Texas all the way up to Illinois is causing areas of Light and Occasional Moderate Turbulence for flights transitioning through this area. If you are flying today, and are uncomfortable with turbulence, stay informed by visiting MyFlight Forecast to get up to date reports on the turbulence. It is a relatively narrow band of weather, so transitioning through it should be relatively short in time. Remember to stay calm, control your breathing and remind yourself that turbulence is ok!

If you require more help when it comes to overcoming your fear of turbulence, visit FlyHome Fear of Flying Course

How to De-Stress Holiday Travel

How to De-Stress Holiday Travel

Oh, the holidays. The tinsel is strung, holiday music is playing, lights are sparkling. It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Unless of course, you have to travel. Stress around the holidays can sky rocket, making the wary traveler a bit warier. So, how do you combat the stress of holiday travel? Take a page out of our book, we are experts after all. Here are our tips for de-stressing holiday travel.

1. Book Early

Nothing makes travelling less comfortable and more stressful than unnecessary layovers. If you can’t avoid a lay over, try to make it as quick as possible. A quick layover will get you back up in the air ASAP without too much time to dwell on your nerves and anxiety. Booking early gives you the ability to select from a wider variety of flights, this way you have a better chance of grabbing a flight that better suits your needs, and ideally, is direct.

2. Take the time you need

This is no time to be stingy with time off. As a nervous flyer, make sure you are avoiding peak travel days. The peak travel days are typically one or two days before the major holidays. If you give yourself an extra cushion of time, you will be able to breathe easier knowing you have a bit more flexibility. Giving yourself a few extra days will also help you to avoid the craziness of crowds and overwhelmingly long lines.

3. Plan Ahead

If flying is a big stressor, you do not want to pile on to your stress. Check off all other boxes in your life to the best of your ability. Give yourself a deadline to complete all of your holiday shopping, wrap up any loose ends at work, dissolve any withstanding conflicts, and pack your bags in advance. Feeling stressed about other aspects of your life will only increase your flight stress. Keep yourself as calm as possible.

4. Get there early

Rushing through the airport in a Home Alone style dash is the opposite of calming. Depending on your climate, snow may be a factor in your travel time. Give yourself ample time to get to the airport. The usual recommendations are to arrive at the airport 1.5 hours ahead of time for a domestic flight and at least 2 hours before an international flight. Our recommendation? Give yourself an extra ½ hour during the holiday season. Worst case scenario? You fly through security and have time for a snack!

5. Be Prepared

No matter where you’re flying to your holiday destination, don’t forget your Timid Flyer Survival kit. With your travel staples like: headphones, your favorite media, favorite snacks, and sleep aids, your travel will be a piece of cake, and you will arrive in your holiday destination before you know it.

The holidays can be a difficult time for travel, however, don’t let them ruin your holiday spirit! Take your time, plan ahead, and prepare. If you need a bit more of a boost combatting your nerves, let FlyHome help you with our variety of course offerings. Learn more here.

Suffering from the Fear of Flying and Upcoming Holiday Travel
The fear of flying is one of those things we have to conquer to the best of our capabilities. It can be very frustrating to deal with it, so we have to do all in our power to address this problem in the best way possible. But what causes the fear of flying and how can we overcome it? Here you have a good set of ideas that might be able to help!
How can people cope with the fear of flying?
The fear of flying can be very demanding for any person. However, there will be situations when you are simply forced to use a plane to reach a certain destination. This is why you have to understand how you can remove this fear once and for all.
There are a few steps that you can use to cope with your fear of flying. These include:
• Understanding what triggers this fear
• Enter the plane knowing all the facts
• Start anticipating your anxiety
• Understand that your fear isn’t unjustified
• Start recognizing that your fear doesn’t make sense
• You have to understand that planes are created to deal with turbulence and other types of problems
• You can shed the anxiety by talking with others and being communicative.
There will be many situations when even this set of guidelines might be unable to help you. That’s where Fear of Flying Relief comes into play. With a wide range of dedicated courses designed to help you eliminate your fear of flying, FlyHome Fear of Flying Relief is here to help you deal with any flying-related fears fast and with the best results. All you have to do is to visit the website right away and you will finally be able to conquer your fear of airplanes once and for all!

Manifesting Mind of a Fearful Flyer

Manifesting Mind of a Fearful Flyer

The holidays are approaching, which means many people will be traveling in spite of their fear of doing so. The holidays are a time where anxiety levels are already elevated; factor in someone who struggles with a fear of flying having to fly, and the anxiety is almost too much to bear.

In this post we will talk about the most common contributor to the fear of flying – turbulence! If you plan on traveling the world, you will most likely have to fly, which will require you to reprogram your mind to think about turbulence from a more rational point of view. You may not like what I am about to tell you, however it needs to be heard: you will encounter turbulence if you plan on flying in the future. Why do I say that? Because turbulence is NORMAL; there is nothing abnormal about it. If I asked you to go out and drive for three hours, what would be the odds that at some point throughout your drive you will drive over a pothole, or a pebble on the road, or a speed bump, or a dip in the road? It would almost be a certainty, and yet nobody really worries about that when they’re driving. There is a level of knowledge and understanding with driving, which allows people to understand that those potholes or dips in the road are not likely to affect the safety of the car. When it comes to turbulence, most people don’t understand what it is, why it’s happening, what it will do to the plane, and so on – it’s amazing how an anxious flyer can manifest a scenario to make anything, especially turbulence, seem deadly. I am here to tell you that you will be ok, and not only ok, but if you follow the steps taught by the FlyHome Crew, you will one day fly through turbulence and not even think about it.

So let’s learn to “Re-Program” our minds to think about turbulence from a rational point of view, instead of manifesting those scenarios that will scare even a seasoned flyer.
1. Turbulence is normal, it is not abnormal, there is nothing wrong, and there is no need to worry. If you have a negative association with turbulence from the start, every single bump will cause you to go to that familiar place while in flight – anxious!
2. Many different things can cause or contribute to turbulence. The “manifesting mind of a fearful flyer” will tell you that you’re flying into a hurricane or tornado, yet the turbulence might just be because of the plane that is flying in front of you! Turbulence is normal!
3. Understanding – where is turbulence common? Flying over mountains, warmer climates, coast lines and larger lakes are all common areas to experience some bumps are all contributors. Turbulence is normal!
4. If it’s a clear day outside, and yet still bumpy, open up that window shade and look out at the horizon in the distance. Don’t stay inside of the plane like a clam in its shell; instead, open up the shade and look outside. Not looking outside for an extended period of time can cause your body to become disoriented. If this happens, every little bump will feel a lot worse than it actually is! It doesn’t matter how seasoned of a flyer you are, looking outside at the horizon line will help your body adjust to the motion of the plane. And never forget – turbulence is normal!
5. What will turbulence do to a plane? Nothing! Despite what your manifesting mind will tell you, the plane IS built to withstand turbulence. I can tell you that if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t fly for a living. Yes, the baggage compartments might be making some sounds when the plane is bumping around, or you might see the wings bending, or “flexing” up and down while in turbulence, yet despite what your manifesting mind might be telling you, this is all normal!

For more information on turbulence and overcoming your fear of flying, visit FlyHome Fear of Flying Relief Courses. For live turbulence locations, visit MyFlight Forecast

The Timid Flyer Survival Kit

Does the idea of flying stop you in your tracks? Do you have an upcoming flight? Fear not. If you are a timid flyer, our survival kit can help you to pass the time and imagine you are firmly settled on the ground.

#1 Headphones

Nothing helps to block out the world like a great pair of headphones. If you are a timid flyer, popping in your ear buds and drifting away is nearly essential. If you are feeling nervous, we recommend bringing your own instead of relying on the airline to provide them. For those with a flexible budget, noise cancelling headphones can make a significant difference in your flight. New technology enables certain headphones to cut out all noise from the outside world. Headphones can help you to fall asleep or dive right into a series or movie.

#2 A Neck Pillow & Face Mask

For more nervous flyers, falling asleep can feel like an impossible feat. However, if tiredness strikes, you want to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Neck pillows come in a variety of sizes and levels of firmness. To block the light and keep your eyes closed, eye masks are a great tool. Any mask will do the trick, they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and materials. To reach your full comfort potential, a neck pillow and mask can be great flight companions.

#3 Your Favorite Shows and Movies

Nowadays, every plane seems to have an endless supply of movies and TV shows for your viewing pleasure. However, as a nervous flyer, do not take chances on inflight entertainment. Take the time pre-flight to download your favorite TV shows and movies before you leave for the airport. Check and double check that they are fully downloaded so you are not left with a blank screen and a racing mind. Pick entertainment you find comforting, action movies and murder mysteries are not recommended. Since you are already a bit nervous, keep your viewing light and easy to watch.

#4 Calming Listening

Music is a great way to calm your nerves. However, sometimes your favorite playlist just won’t cut it. If you need something extra calming, try a calming podcast. Mental Floss recently listed “10 Podcasts to Help You Sleep”. These podcast include everything from calming comedy, to spirituality, to stories. These podcasts will calm you down and may even lull you to sleep. If you need to think outside the box, try The Meditation Podcast to relax your body and mind.

Flying nerves are common, but they can be combated. If our Timid Flyer Survival Kit doesn’t do the trick, let FlyHome help you with our variety of course offerings. Learn more here.