Prepare Yourself Mentally
There are basic calming techniques that travelers can use in flight—and even before the start of their trips—to become less anxious. "The first piece of advice," says Dr. Wehrenberg, "is to prepare yourself mentally. When people imagine they're going to be scared, they don't fully envision what is actually going to happen to them; it's a 'deer-in-the-headlights approach' to fear." Recognize that your fears are not based on reality, and you'll be in a better position to take care of yourself once anxiety sets in. Wehrenberg also says that travelers should ask themselves if they are "willing to get through the discomfort [of being afraid to fly] to have what [they] really want, which is the opportunity to be on a plane." If your answer is yes, then it's time to start learning how to manage your fears.