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07/25/2016 10:35 EDT | Updated 07/25/2016 10:59 EDT

How To Get Over Your Fear Of Flying

It's actually not that uncommon.

If you have a fear of flying then you know how terrible a long (or even short) flight can be.

This fear can make people have panic attacks, hyperventilate, feel claustrophobic, get dizzy, have heavy and/or laboured breathing, experience a lot of sweating and experience negative thoughts and poor judgement. Fear of flying can even make some people avoid travel by plane altogether, causing them to miss out on fun vacation trips and/or family events.

In short, fear of flying can be awful, but there is hope in overcoming your fear so you can board a plane without having a meltdown.

"For people to overcome this, they have to come to an understanding of the nature of their anxiety," Dr. Neil Rector tells The Huffington Post Canada. Rector, a psychologist and senior research scientist at Toronto's Sunnybrook Research Institute, says that people are scared of flying for a variety of reasons, but the two main areas are, "One, that people are afraid of the plane crashing and of dying and two, people who can't manage their anxiety on the flight itself for a lot of reasons." Some of these reasons may be anxiety problems related to fear of heights, fear of germs, claustrophobia and agoraphobia.

Read on to find out more about fear of flying and some advice on what to do to overcome it.