2017: The Year of Fearless Flying

January is here, which means it’s time to start making promises and resolutions for the year to come. Typically, resolutions are declared in order to spark change in new year. Has your fear of flying been leaving you landlocked? Perhaps this is the year to look fear in the face and tell it to stay in the past. However, simply wanting to leave your fear behind will not make it go away. In order to keep your resolution, you must commit and take steps to accomplish your goal. Below are our tips for making 2017 your first year of fearless flying.

1. Analyze your fear
Has your fear of flying kept you away from events, vacations and loved ones? Take an inventory of the things that your fear has caused you to miss. In order for you to be successful in your mission to fly without fear, you must realize why the change is important to you. Having a list of specific reasons why you want to get over your fear will serve as motivation. In addition, analyzing your fear will help to realize the impact it has had on your life.

2. Be Realistic
If you have never stepped foot on an airplane, or have been afraid of flying for 10 years, committing to taking a 12-hour flight in the next year may not be the best idea. When committing to any major change, celebrating tiny victories is important. Perhaps vowing to take a shorter 2-3-hour flight is more reasonable. Depending on how serious your fear is, perhaps even booking a flight is a victory! After looking your fear in the face, you will be able to identify what the next best step is.

3. Set Milestones
Many times, our resolutions are focused on one large goal. For example, if you set a goal of flying without nerves in 2017, your goal may fall flat unless you set smaller, more achievable goals along the way. Look at your ultimate goal and break it down into three or four smaller goals. This way, you can be taking small steps to reach each goal, eventually leading to achieving your overarching 2017 resolution.

4. Seek Help
Sometimes our fears have deeper roots than we may realize. Although we may want to handle all our problems on our own, many times it makes sense to seek the advice of an expert. Instead of missing out on more opportunities by staying on land, consult an expert to figure out positive ways of channeling your fear, and dealing with inflight nerves. Luckily, at FlyHome, we are experts in the fear of flying. Get started with a free consultation.

January brings a fresh start to the year. Take the above steps to approach your fear of flying and make 2017 your first year of fearless flight. You can do it, and we are here to help!

How Meditation Can Make Your Flight Enjoyable

If you are a meditation guru, you know that the higher up you are, the easier it is to meditate. Meditation at a high altitude often gives better results than the same practice in the comfort of your own living room. Meditators often travel to the Himalayas to experience full relaxation and reap magnificent meditation benefits.

Even if you’ve never practiced meditation before, your next flight is the perfect opportunity to start. The higher up you get, the easier the process will be for you. Meanwhile, meditation in the air can make your flight more enjoyable while slowly erasing fears associated with airplane travel.
At first, the following meditation steps might seem silly, but you’ll soon start feeling the benefits, especially when it comes to living through the turbulence or go-around maneuvers.
1. Close your eyes and imagine that you are getting bigger and bigger; you are filling up all the free space in the airplane.
2. Go further to become bigger than the plane. The plane is now inside you.
3. Take another step and “become” even bigger. The clouds, the moon, the stars are all inside you. You are huge and boundless.
Here are just a few ways that meditation can make your flight enjoyable.
1. Peaceful Sleep
This is a trick available only to the beginners. Once people get better at meditation, they stop falling asleep during the process. If you are a meditation newbie and follow the meditation steps closely, you are bound to fall asleep after a while. What’s a better way to pass your flying time?
2. Reduced Anxiety
No matter how good you are at neutralizing your flight anxiety, sometimes it comes back to catch you at the most unexpected moments. Severe turbulence can scare the heck out of even the most steel-nerved passenger. When you practice meditation the plane, with all its problems, seems so small that the fear becomes insignificant.
3. Happy Seatmates
Ever had a terrible plane seatmate? A perfect flight can be ruined by a talkative, booze-gulping, smelly seatmate. By plugging headphones in your ears and starting to meditate, you won’t only be happily ignoring the seatmate, you’ll clearly yet politely demonstrate that you are not ready for a conversation.
4. Valuable Rest
Even if you are not afraid of flying, the process can be stressful. Hours at the airport, plane turbulence, waiting at baggage claim usually leave people exhausted, even if the flight is short. Meditation helps you get the most out of flying by getting valuable rest. When you master meditation techniques, you will always come emerge from the plane refreshed and ready to conquer the world.
5. Improved Health
Flying is not just stressful for our minds, our bodies suffer as well. Pressure changes during takeoff and landing often cause headaches and ear problems. Meditation can help lower your blood pressure and improve your heart rate.

Breathe

Fear of Flying
Fear of Flying

Just Breathe.

How to use your breath to cure your fear of flying.

When I say breathing exercises, people often visualize breathing rapidly in and out into a brown paper bag. Don’t worry, these exercises to not require any additional equipment or props. I think breathing should be kept very simple and when used correctly can help to calm your fear of flying.

When you are about to board, take off or land, you may find yourself in a panic. Don’t worry, we are here to help you calm yourself down!

Here are a few simple breathing exercises to help you calm your fear of flying before, during and even after a flight.

Exercise #1: In…2..3…4 Out…2..3…4

If you are worried about being able to remember how to complete a breathing exercise or if it will be too complicated, this is the exercise for you. It couldn’t be easier, and the effects are very real.

Step 1: Breathe in through your nose for 4 seconds.

Step 2: Breathe out through your nose for 4 seconds.

Optional Step 3: Take yourself to your happy place. This can be on vacation you truly enjoyed, at home on your couch in your pjs or up to your nose in a bubble bath.

This exercise will help to calm you down, to regulate your breathing and to reduce your stress. This can be done for the entirety of the flight if necessary to put you in a calmer state of less stress.

Exercise #2: Pick, Smell & Blow

One of my favorite tips came from a friend of mine who is a preschool teacher. Children will often get flustered during class and do not yet have the skills they need to calm themselves down.

Put your pride aside, channel your inner child and follow these simple steps for relaxed breathing to calm your fear of flying.

Step 1: Pick the Flowers. When you hand motion picking flowers, you are automatically slowing your breathing. Focusing on the miming action of picking flowers will slow your rapid breath. Acting out the motion can also help take your mind of the fact that you are indeed completing a breathing exercise.

Step 2: Smell the flowers. Breathe in deeply through your nose and now smell the fake flowers you picked. Breathing in through your nose, as lifespa.com explains, activates “all five lobes of the lungs are used to breathe rather than just the upper two.” This can help to calm/ you down quickly.

Step 3: Blow out the birthday candles. Blowing out through your mouth and releasing your breath will aid in your relaxation process.

Step 4: Repeat. Repeat & Repeat. I have often had to repeat this breathing exercise several times to find the optimal results.  

Exercise #3: Hold, Tense & Release

If you’re finding you need to focus on something in order to relieve your fear of flying, this could be the perfect exercise for you. If you focus hard enough, you can can transform your breath and your state of mind.

Step 1: Breathe in through your nose and hold it for 3-5 seconds and then release your breath slowly through your mouth. Holding your breath will help slow your breathing and help to calm you down.

Step 2: As you complete your breaths, close your eyes and think about pulsing and tensing each of your muscle groups. Start from your toes and work your way up slowly. Focusing on the tensing of muscles will take your mind off of your panic around the flight.

Step3: Repeat as many times as necessary.

Turbulence halted my ability to travel

It happens far more often than you think. You’re a seasoned traveler, with the ability to fly without fear, all over the world. Then one flight is just a little bit more bumpy than you’re use to, and so it begins, the very common Fear of Flying. Over 20 million people suffer from this fear, some more than others, and some debilitating enough to miss their daughters wedding in Hawaii. The good news is, help is available! Learning is defined as a change in behavior as a result of experience. One little spook of turbulence can get your thoughts running rampant, and why shouldn’t it, most flyers aren’t exactly sure what turbulence is. So how do we overcome a Fear of Flying that was induced by Turbulence? Experience! Not from the back of the cabin, but from the front, as the pilots see and understand it on a daily basis. FlyHome Fear of Flying Courses is the only course that takes you inside the cockpit via video footage to understand exactly what turbulence is, how it affects the plane, and why you shouldn’t fear it. Having a better idea as to what exactly turbulence is, and how the plane is built to withstand it will give you your ability to fly again, and travel the world!

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