The fear of flying can affect people across all walks of life and can range from mild anxiety to complete panic attacks just thinking about getting on a plane. This is one of the most common phobias. Flying is often a stressful experience for most people, so it is understandable that it can be a difficult challenge for people with high levels of anxiety and frequent panic attacks. You can overcome your flying anxiety via

  • How to avoid panic attacks while flying?

If you are not using prescription relaxants you should see your doctor and explain your situation. Even if you've never used it, a little recipe from Xanax, for example, will help. In fact, I recommend just having a tablet in your handbag.

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Drink lots of fresh water and make sure you have a bottle of water on board. It's easy to become dehydrated on long trips. Water is also helpful because you can swallow it during takeoff and landing to help equalize the air pressure in your ears.

If you think this will help ease the flight, let the cabin crew know you are a nervous pilot before takeoff. They are very experienced and used to this fear and can always help if you need to talk to them. Your training, and part of your job, is helping nerve pilots. Some find that telling cabin crew about it helps them feel less alone when flying.

In short, the reality is that you are not alone. There may be many other nerve sheets on the same flight as you. Overcoming the fear of flying is one step in completely eliminating phobias and panic attacks from your life. Once you do, you can start living the life you deserve.