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The time to discern this is not while the last-minute flight that you booked is rolling down the runway. No - the time to discern this is now. For whether life hands you a lemon (and you're allergic) or a 747, there are certain techniques that can offset the fear which accompanies such occurrences.
That is why MSN Living recently asked: Want to expand your horizons, be a braver person and enjoy life to the fullest? For those who muttered a timid "Yes, but…" – here is the first of "five for five" soothing recommendations: Tell yourself a story. Hopefully one with a happy ending… In any event, MSN contends that talking about a frightening event in the third person - as if it were happening to someone else - takes some of the steam out of the kettle. Example: "This engineering marvel of a plane is about to defy
gravity. In a mere two hours, its occupants will be hugging their loved ones down south."
Recommendations two through five: Breathe from your belly (for those anatomical sticklers, actually from your diaphragm – inhalation four counts, exhalation four counts…); Clench and release (otherwise known as "progressive muscle relaxation" – systematically clench/release muscle groups beginning from the feet up); Admit your fear out loud (as easy as turning to the stranger in the next seat and saying "That last bumpety-bump really had me going…"); and Tweak your P.O.V. and your vocabulary (finding the joy within the dread can be as simple as noticing – then describing to yourself - the glorious vista that is yours to behold from the window seat).
Copyright January 31, 2013 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved