Roller coasters can seem scary especially if they are fast! This article will show you how to keep calm on a roller coaster and have the most fun!

Practice self calming techniques.

Practice self calming techniques.

Breathe slowly and deeply and try to think positively, once you have done this it will all be worth it!

Tell yourself things that confirm the fun and safety of using the rollercoaster.

Tell yourself things that confirm the fun and safety of using the rollercoaster.

For example:




“It’s not as bad as it looks. They have safety harnesses and the tracks are tested all the time to ensure they’re safe. The restraints ‘fail-safe’ which means that the default position is locked, it takes more effort to open them! Perhaps even look up the statistics of injury on a rollercoaster, you will find that you are more likely to be struck by lightning of get hurt in a car accident! ”
“People scream because it’s exciting scary, not bad scary.”
“It’s only for a short time. Then I’ll probably want to get back on and have another go because it’s over so quickly, even if the worst case scenario happens and you hate it, it will only last for about 2 1/2 minutes. Then you have conquered it!”

Praise yourself for getting on.

Praise yourself for getting on.

Tell yourself: “Well, I’ve made it now, it’s going to be all right now that I’m on here.” or “I’ve finally done it.”



Go with someone you trust.

Go with someone you trust.

This can help a lot to keep you calm and to have reassuring feedback from a person who is used to the rollercoaster or is able to deal with fears better.

Be careful not to choose someone as afraid as you. This can turn into a situation where you feed off each others fear and make things seem a whole lot worse!

Double check your harness, bar or other restraint.

Double check your harness, bar or other restraint.

Listen for the click or other sound it makes when it shut, several of the newer roller coasters don’t have ‘clicking’ restraints. This means you can have the restraint closer to your lap so you don’t moved as much. These restraints are still perfectly safe and they won’t unlock during the ride.




Keep your eyes open!

Keep your eyes open!

It can be tempting to shut them but you can become disorientated making you feel nauseated. .

Aim to breathe deeply.




Aim to breathe deeply.

This can help you to keep calm and can reduce the possibility of vomiting. Count under your breath if it helps you to keep your breathing steady.

Listen for the music.

Listen for the music.

There is often music accompanying the ride. This may help to calm you if you concentrate on listening to the words or tune.

Scream.

Scream.

That’s what the ride’s all about anyway! When you scream going down from high drops, it helps to expel the air and helps you to breathe as well as releasing stress to help you have fun!

Talk to your buddies.

Talk to your buddies.

Talking is a good way to distract yourself during the ride. However, if it’s hard to hear, you might end up yelling rather than talking, so be considerate of other people. The best time to talk is on the lift hill, this is the part where you have to wait to drop.

Stay at the front.

Stay at the front.

This can help you to feel less scared. It’s not ideal to sit here if you’re looking for more thrills though. However, if you aim to not see the biggest field of view, the cart behind will allow for that.

Praise yourself at the end.

Praise yourself at the end.

You did it. And you know you can do it again. Overcoming fear is a constant challenge in life and it’s a great thing that you’re practicing this lifelong skill.