How do you manage fear of flying? Specifically, turbulence.

How do you manage fear of flying? Specifically, turbulence.

I don't fly often but I took a flight the other night and we went through a massive storm. Violently shook the plane and I lost my shit. I know it's safe but it just doesn't feel safe to be suspended 30,000 feet in the air shaking like crazy.

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  1. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Hey buddy. I respect your anxiety, and fear of flying. But, you'll honestly get quicker & more detailed responses on r/fearofflying. Reddit does have some good communities. Since you're posting everyday here (not judging), I really think you'll do better on Reddit for this which has dedicated communities to specific things like a fear of flying.

  2. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    >flying a fairly uneventful flight
    >sudden slight shaking
    >people do that slight amused "ooh looks like a bit of turbulance" look and whisper to each other
    >shaking suddenly becomes intense
    >whispering stops, seatbelt sign comes on, everyone silently and nervously puts on their belt straight away
    >some moderate shaking for about 10 seconds, then it's smooth again for the rest of the flight

    That's my uneventful story. Guess it's amusing the whole plane getting spooked by what ended up being a nothing-burger

    Anyhow, my tips:

    >You look silly and people may comment on it but shifting in you seat makes most of the sensations not noticeable
    >learn to recognise that most of the sensations are simply the plane climbing/descending/levelling off. You're not dropping and you're not free-falling.
    >planes don't crash to turbulence. It literally has not happened in modern times.
    >take alcohol whenever offered and that should be enough to keep you in a relaxed buzz for the whole flight and make you less bothered. Obviously don't get drunk.
    >do something that takes your mind off of it and craves your focus. Movies are too easy to get distracted from, books require too much focus, I find games force your attention best, even the terrible touch screen games on the plane can be handy.

  3. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    since I am not afraid of flying there is nothing for me to manage. the only advice I can really give you is... get over it. It's like the dark or shadows, it's something that will never hurt you, so you might as well just kinda suck it up.

    either that, or take some type of medication that either puts you to sleep or makes you too drowsy to really notice. you could get drunk, assuming you behave while drunk, or take nyquil.

  4. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    i jerk off

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      this. I've probably jerked off on 80% of the flights longer than 2 hours I've been on in the last 5 years.

      Last time I jerked off in a plane (couple days ago actually), I left the bathroom and passed by an old woman sitting near the front. She leaned towards me and said "did you have fun in there?"

      Freaked me the frick out. There is NO way she could've known what I was doing

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        She could probably tell by your pheromones gassing out of your clothes.

        Same shit happened to me at the hospital. HR lady told my boss I was in the washroom too long

        • 11 months ago
          Miyamoto Musashi

          >pheromones gassing out of your clothes.
          what the frick are you talking about
          this doesn't happen

          • 11 months ago
            Anonymous

            how does your body temperature not rise while fapping?

            • 11 months ago
              Miyamoto Musashi

              alright, so your body temperature rises. so what? How does that make pheromones gas out of your clothes? Jerking off doesn't cause some special scent to seep out of your pores

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      this. I've probably jerked off on 80% of the flights longer than 2 hours I've been on in the last 5 years.

      Last time I jerked off in a plane (couple days ago actually), I left the bathroom and passed by an old woman sitting near the front. She leaned towards me and said "did you have fun in there?"

      Freaked me the frick out. There is NO way she could've known what I was doing

      Masturbation produces panic attacks. Every patient with an anxiety disorder admits to autoeroticism. The only times I've ever felt anxiety were after sex or masturbation. This is dishonest and feindish advice to make someone go from bad to worse. Not to mention even if you did achieve to do it, you would have leakage after the fact potentially staining your pants. And if you fail to clean it in the bathroom, it will have smell.

  5. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Do you have a fear of reading the catalog too?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      Please do show where there's a related thread about this. I looked at the catalog.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        No, you fricking didn't. Tired of these lazy ass never travelers on this fricking board.

        • 11 months ago
          Anonymous

          >Tired of these lazy ass never travelers on this fricking board

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      It's the same person, anon. The same guy posting these fear of flying threads

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        Then I guess he's extra afraid

  6. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    First of all, you need to acknowledge that flying is always going to be an intense activity. You're moving at hundreds of miles an hour through the clouds in the skies. There is some portion of your monkey brain that will never come to grips with this fact. Learn to accept it.

    Modern airplanes are probably a million times more resilient and safe than most people imagine. Think about it like this, there are tens of thousands of flights everyday, and someone feels like they're going to die on basically all of them, but there are only a handful of deadly accidents every year.

    If you can hear the roar then the engines are working. If you can feel your butt in the chair the wings are working. If you can't feel the wind the fuselage is working. Remember the aircraft is made of aluminum. Try dropping a soda can from as high as possible, it won't lose its shape. Anything short of stomping on it or hitting it with a hammer won't destroy the structural integrity. Now remember that aircraft are many times thicker and more reinforced. When you get into turbulence think of how little the aircraft is actually moving. If your seat drops a single meter you'll start praying to God, but try to do the same scale movement on a soda can. It's barely wiggling.

    Intense activities can either be nerve-wracking and anxiety inducing like getting shot at or falling off a cliff, or exciting and thrilling like a first date or rollercoaster. There is a reason many people want to be a pilot as their dream job. Once you learn how to control your nerves and enjoy the experience flying can become one of the most pleasurable parts of traveling. The more flights you go on the more you'll start to have fun with it.

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      >First of all, you need to acknowledge that flying is always going to be an intense activity. You're moving at hundreds of miles an hour through the clouds in the skies. There is some portion of your monkey brain that will never come to grips with this fact. Learn to accept it.

      the fattest least healthy people on the planet have no issues flying in a plane, there is nothing intense about flying

  7. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    Is it a good idea to drink whiskey doubles before and during the flight? Any drunk flight experiences? What about security on arrival?

    • 11 months ago
      Anonymous

      I do it all the time. As long as you can control your drunkness level it's fine. That's specially true when you have to pass through customs/immigration on arrival. I have been denied another whisky once in a flight though (not due to being a nuisance, more because I was 20 and the flight attendant thought I had too much), almost missed a flight in Lisbon because I was drinking at an airport bar, and got really drunk in a flight from UK to Poland (seemed like a good route to get drunk considering the passengers demography).
      I'm not afraid of flying though. I just do it because I can't sleep in a flight and flying coach is hell. I am not a loud drunk too, quite the opposite. So if you're someone that actually gets loud or more emotional when drinking I would not recommend. For someone who is like that and afraid of flying it could have a damaging effect.

      • 11 months ago
        Anonymous

        I'm not loud but people can tell your drunkenness by looking at your eyes. Wouldn't risk that on any non-Western European destination.
        I was mainly asking because of that anon who had a very bad flight experience with edibles.

  8. 11 months ago
    Anonymous
  9. 11 months ago
    Anonymous

    You could just take a xanax. That will help you the most.

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