Is turbulence dangerous?
Not necessarily. Although uncomfortable, it’s just a natural condition. A plane is constructed to put up with turbulence of the highest level. So fastening your seat belt is enough to keep you safe.
How can I distract myself?
Simply having a rubber band on your wrist that you can ping helps to get you back to here and now and prevent from thinking too much. There is also an effective technique of squeezing the point between your thumb and index fingers with the opposite hand’s fingers. Such acupressure is known to decrease anxiety and calm you down.
May I ask the cabin crew for help?
Flight attendants promote your safety – physiological too, in a certain way. So you can talk to them when feeling nervous or worrying about something during the flight. A rule of thumb is to remember everything is ok – even the unusual sounds – until you are told otherwise.
How can I start flying?
Trying to beat your fear of planes by booking a 10-hour long flight to a remote destination is not the best idea. Experiment with smaller routes and visualize a safe trip in your head prior to boarding the plane. It can be very difficult to overcome a fear, but remember all it takes is time, life-affirming actions, and some patience.