There are many ways in which you can alleviate much of your fear when it comes to flying. The next time you become anxious about air travel think about these 5 key strategies for calming your fear:
1) Remember that plane crashes in general are extremely rare in comparison to the number of planes which safely reach their destination. The news media doesn’t report on the safe take-offs and landings of planes, because it lacks the sensation of drawing a crowd.
2) Recognize that most people do feel a bit anxious when they fly on an airplane. As you observe other people on the plane you might recognize some of their own anxiety. Now, look at the people who are staying calm. What are they doing? Are they sleeping, reading a book, a newspaper, or a magazine. Are they listening to music, or watching a movie? Identify within yourself what looks relaxing, and do likewise.
3) Be confident in the training and experience of the pilots, and other crew members, on the airplane. Be aware that they are employed by the airline to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable flight. So, choose to rest and relax knowing that many other people have the responsibility of taking care of you.
4) Ask yourself what you are afraid of? Be specific here. Write down what you hear yourself saying, and ask Jesus to intervene on your behalf. As you listen to Him, your fear will begin to dissipate, so that you can hold onto what He reveals to you. Ask Him also to share a scripture verse with you, so that you can meditate upon it, as you travel.
5) Enjoy some food, or drink a beverage, to help you to make the most of your trip. Worrying doesn’t add a single moment to your life, so why not focus on things with gratitude. What are you thankful for? Give God praise as He reminds you of the many blessings that come from Him.
I give you my anxious thoughts. I apologize for focusing on me, instead of depending on you. I trust you to deliver me safely and to help me to enjoy my time on this plane. Please remove my fear. Secure me with your steadfast love. Assure me of your tender mercies. Fill me with your lavish grace. Hold me if I become scared. Comfort me if I feel distressed. I choose to rest, remain, and abide with you, knowing that you will take care of me. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.