How to Deal with Stress in Aviation

AircrewConnect
17 Jun, 2022

Aviation Action In this article, our partners at Aviation Action, a mental health and support organization founded by pilots for pilots, discuss techniques to cope with stress.

Without a question, life brings its own unique set of problems. These can occur in a variety of ways, whether by choice or not. Who could have predicted or planned for the coronavirus to bring the globe to a halt and wreak devastation on so many lives?


How often have you pondered your own circumstances and wondered, "What am I doing?" What am I doing here? Or, to put it another way, what is the goal of this notion or route we've chosen?


Is your time so heavily devoted to others that you've forgotten about your own right to rest, relaxation, and enjoyment?


Don't worry; you're not the only one who feels this way, and you won't be the last. As we strive for perfection, our style of thinking may come out as self-critical.

Being self-critical is not a bad thing; it is a means of guiding your goals or ideas to know what you want from a certain circumstance. It might be time to realign for five minutes.


What is our mental picture? Do you feel good, gloomy, burdened down by financial demands, strangled in a relationship, excelling in your work so much that you find it hard to sustain that level of performance or trapped jumping hoops attempting to develop our careers and balance family life?

Every Person is different

When it comes to stress management, everyone is different; stress affects our mental image and, in some ways, our capacity to speak properly.


Not everyone will have someone to talk to about whatever scenario they find themselves in. We have some mental models below from Aviation Action that may assist reduce some tensions and channel the mind into some productive compartmentalizing.


Perhaps all of the aforementioned life stressors are having an impact on your life right now.These ideas are what I call "stimulators of change," and with change comes a slew of beneficial acts that may be taken. No one said it would be easy, but taking the initial steps is a huge accomplishment.


Make a list of your most pressing concerns, problems, and ideas. This is an excellent method to let off steam without having to speak to someone directly. This is a tried-and-true strategy for visualizing something and clearing your thoughts. Perhaps date this paper so that you can look back on your trip and remark, "Wow, I've accomplished a lot."

T D O D A R

Time and Goals, Diagnose, Consider Your Options, Make a Decision, Evaluate Your Risks, and Evaluate Your Results


Time and Objectives: Apply this model to your scenario. For instance, are you worried about a financial or relationship problem, or do you have a goal that is just out of reach right now? How long have you been dealing with this emotion? How long do you think this will last? When would you like this to be completed or completed in the ideal world?


Diagnose: What is the fundamental source of the issue? Be truthful to yourself.

What options do you have for assistance? Do you intend to stick to your current strategy? or will you opt to back out of an idea and do a U-turn? . . . Any suggestions are welcome; we'll evaluate them below to determine whether they're useful. It's essential to realize that you're not alone in this; you may talk to our peer-support staff, your family, or friends about your alternatives.


Decide: Once you've compiled a list of potential options, weigh the benefits and draw up a list of pros and disadvantages for each one before deciding which path to take. This isn't a set-in-stone solution. It permits us to go on after making a decision that will eventually determine whether or not our decision was correct.

Examine: Have you been thinking about your decision for a few days, weeks, or perhaps a month? Of course, depending on your scenario, the timelines may change. This entire procedure might be done in a couple of minutes in the event of a pilot.


Applying this concept to a real-life financial-stress situation, for instance, may be a multi-year plan. Make it your own now that you've gotten the idea. Take some time to sit down and think about how your decision has affected your life; this might be a sign that you need to change your course if things aren't going as expected.


Try adopting one of your other alternatives for a bit. You are the only one who knows the correct answers to the questions.

Risk and Retrospection: Some actions, like everything else in life, are fraught with danger. Consider how a decision will affect you and people around you, such as family or friends. Risk may be detected in a variety of ways.


It might imply relocating to pursue a new opportunity, such as separating from old acquaintances. Consider the fresh possibilities as well as your trip. Remember that this is your model, and you are the Captain at the end of the day.


Along the path, you'll encounter pessimists, optimists, and all types of advice, but remember that you're in charge. If this article piqued your curiosity, try using this tool to see if it may help you.