Afraid to Fly? Bring Your MP3 Player

Perhaps you’ve heard stories of people who will take incredibly long train rides to avoid getting on an airplane, or know people who don’t travel more than a couple hundred miles because of their fear of flying. I know two people who are like that.

There’s help though. I came across a round-up article that presents some options, a couple you can add to your music mix on your MP3 player. The style and prices vary.

One download, Fear of Flying at has a visualization, deep breathing exercise that is designed to mentally transport you to a calmer place. Instead of sweating bullets in your plane seat, you can picture yourself on a tropical island.

Another, Psychology of Flight Anxiety offered at uses down-to-earth talk therapy and anecdotes to help an anxious flyer to feel grounded. You can purchase the whole series, or just sections of it.

Fear of Flying Help Course ( gives practical, how-to-tips on how to not feel fearful and anxiety ridden.

The bummer about these solutions is that you can’t use an MP3 player during take-off and landing. I guess you listen to as much as you can before take off and landing so that when you do have to switch off the voices, you’ll still hear them.