how to get back on a plane after a trauma?

how to get back on a plane after a trauma?
how to get back on a plane after a trauma?

A tragedy of rare violence. Tuesday May 21, a flight linking London to Singapore left one dead and thirty injured. The plane, a Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-300ER, encountered extreme turbulence. The plane had to be diverted to Suvarnabhumi airport in Bangkok. According to passengers’ testimonies, collected by BFMTVseveral people were projected towards the ceiling due to strong shaking. A nightmare that could revive, or even create, severe anxiety in some people. But how do you get back on a plane after such trauma? Dr. Mark Rackley shared his valuable advice in the columns of Daily Mirror.

The practitioner first explained that the fear of flying, also called aviophobia or aerophobia, works in a cyclical manner. In other words, the brain records anxieties related to flying and remembers them before each trip. “Our feelings are influenced by the way we think. People who are afraid of flying therefore experience negative and fearful thoughts about flying. They see it as dangerous and potentially deadly. We must then try to change the thoughts that generate these fears and replace them with more rational thoughts », he assures. Before adding: “Learning about flying, safety or the weather can help combat these anxious thoughts. »

Relaxing, the key to overcoming your fear of flying

According to several experts, identifying the symptoms of anxiety is the first step in managing the crisis. The latter invite anxious people to establish “a relaxation plan”. How ? By practicing mindfulness meditation, known to reduce stress. “It’s a great way to refocus when things get chaotic.” Visualization can be used in the days before the flight. Spend time imagine a positive travel experience. Picture yourself enjoying your time in the air and landing safely. It’s like a mental rehearsal.”they confide.

Guided meditation is also an option. “Listen to a recording of a guided meditation designed for relaxation or anxiety relief. This method provides a structured way to get into a state of deep relaxation and concentration. This will make it easier to distract your mind from anxious thoughts.”they conclude.

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