How to Endure Roller Coasters if You Hate Them
Roller coasters are not for everyone, but you may find yourself in a position when you feel obligated to ride even though you hate them. For example, you may want to accompany your child on a ride or your friends have convinced you to give a roller coaster a try. Even though you hate roller coasters you can successfully endure the ride. Make sure that you mentally gear up for the ride, choose a seat in the middle and check the restraints, and then hold on tight, take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride!
Preparing Yourself Mentally
Look up the statistics on roller coaster accidents.Many people hate roller coasters because they are afraid. Before going on a roller coaster, you should understand that there is a 1 in 1.5 million chance of being fatally injured on a roller coaster. There is a much larger risk of dying while driving a car, flying in an airplane, or have a piece of airplane fall from the sky and land on you.
- Understanding these statistics may help you endure a roller coaster even if you hate it.
Start with smaller rides.You can gear up to ride a roller coaster by going on smaller rides first. This will help you get used to the experience of moving fast, spinning, or even dropping from extreme heights, depending on the type of ride you choose.
Distract yourself in line.Waiting in line can be a nerve racking experience for people who hate roller coasters. Some lines can be over an hour long and your mind may try to convince you not to go on the roller coaster. Instead, try distracting yourself by talking with friends or playing a game on your phone. Not only will this help the time pass but it will also allow you to relax before getting on the roller coaster.
Avoid focusing on the ride while in line.While you are waiting in line to ride a roller coaster, avoid looking at the ride and try not to focus on the screams of other passengers. This may cause you to get more nervous and psych yourself out. The sheer size of the ride may cause your stomach to start doing flips. As a result, you should avoid looking at the ride.
- Similarly, don’t watch any videos of people on ride on YouTube prior to heading to an amusement park.
Familiarize yourself with the ride layout.Although it is not a good idea to look closely at the ride because it may psych you out, you should familiarize yourself with the prominent features of the roller coaster. This way you will know what to expect before you get on. For example, you may want to know if the ride goes upside down or has major drips.
- Similarly, you may want to know the style of roller coaster. For example, there are inverted, floor-less, stand-up, and even lie down roller coasters.
Think positive thoughts.Before riding a roller coaster, get yourself excited by thinking positive thoughts. For example, tell yourself, “This is going to be a fun experience.” That way you can trick your mind into getting excited for the ride.
- If negative and fearful thoughts enter your head, replace them with fun and positive thoughts.
Getting on a Roller Coaster
Choose a seat in the middle of the roller coaster.When you are selecting your seat on a roller coaster it is best to avoid the front and back cars on the ride. These seats can provide more frightening views. Instead, try sitting in the middle of the roller coaster. This is often the least frightening spot.
- Similarly, you may want to select a seat in the middle of your row this way you will feel more comforted by the other passengers surrounding you.
Sit next to a close friend or relative.You may feel more comfortable sitting next to someone you know and trust. This person can help to relax you before the ride. It is always more fun to ride a roller coaster with someone you know. Riding alone can be a scarier experience.
Check your restraints carefully.Once you are seated make sure to check all of the restraints to ensure that you are properly secured in your seat. For example, you can tug on the straps to make sure they are latched or pull up on overhead security strap to make sure it has locked in place.
Riding a Roller Coaster
Hold on to the handles.In order to feel secure while riding, you can hold onto the bars or handles. You can also squeeze them and release some tension caused by your nerves.
Take a deep breath as the ride starts.You can help calm your nerves through deep breathing. Focusing on your breathing can also help to distract you from the ride and may make the experience more enjoyable.
Try screaming to calm your nerves.Screaming may help to relieve tension while you are riding the roller coaster. This could help to make the experience more enjoyable as you let loose and scream throughout the ride.
Close your eyes if you are afraid of heights.You may hate roller coasters because you have a fear of heights. If this is the case you may want to close your eyes while you are on the ride. For example, looking down at the ground while you are climbing the first steep hill may be fear-inducing. Instead, close your eyes throughout the ride. This could help take away some of your fears.
Keep your eyes open if you experience nausea.Some people will experience motion sickness while they are on a roller coaster. In order to combat this, you can keep your eyes open. This way you will be able to see what is coming and this will allow your body to predict the movements. This can help to reduce the symptoms associated with motion sickness.
Don’t feel pressured to ride.If your friends or family are trying to pressure you into riding a roller coaster and you really hate them, just say no. You don’t have to go on a roller coaster to enjoy your experience at an amusement park. There are other rides available. You should never be coerced into riding.
- Similarly, if someone you know is not ready to try a roller coaster, do not pressure them. Let them make the decision on their own.
QuestionShould I start with small ones first?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can either start with a really big one so the others don't seem that bad, or start on a small one and go up gradually.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if am just scared of the butterflies in my stomach feeling?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThat's normal, especially for any beginner. You can conquer that nervousness by just riding the roller coasters that cause it. Once you do, it will be worth it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat should you do if you are going on a school trip that has already been paid for and you are worried about suffering from a panic attack in front of your friends. You also don't want to waste the money that has been paid for the trip.wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can still go to an amusement park and enjoy the day with your friends without riding roller coasters. There are likely other rides that you could go on. Be up front with your friends and explain to them that you suffer from panic attacks and that you can't go on certain rides. You can still wait with them in line and then just meet them at the exit. They will likely understand and not pressure you.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I get over my fear of roller coasters?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBy forcing yourself to ride one. Seriously. That's the only way.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I overcome moving around a lot while on roller coasters?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerStay still, stand straight, and keep your head back. These will help to keep you still and firm on the ride.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I overcome the butterflies in my stomach fear when dropping?AishuisawesomeCommunity AnswerYou can try breathing from your nose and exhaling from your mouth. Reassure yourself that this will work and you won't get hurt.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if you get nausea?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTake pills beforehand that help with nausea. If you get it too bad though, don't ride.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I prevent the sinking feeling in my stomach whenever the ride moves downward?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerJust don't think about it. The more you do, the stronger the feeling will get. Focus on enjoying the ride or even the breeze on your face, anything to take your mind off it.Thanks!
QuestionWhat is the quickest way to get rid of my fear?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerBy facing it and just riding the coaster. It won't be as bad as your imagination has made it out to be, and if you still don't like it, you can at least say that you've tried it.Thanks!
QuestionI really want to start overcoming my fear of roller coasters by going on one, but whenever I'm in a vehicle, I feel travel sick. Is it still safe for me to go on a ride?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI had the same fear. I can feel queasy due to the constant movements and it was a big obstacle for me. Usually, the sick feeling on roller coasters is your fear, but if you think it could be dangerous to your health, ask a professional. They know more about it and will be able to help you or at least put your mind at rest. Certain medications also help, but you should ask your doctor what they recommend.Thanks!
How can I ride a roller coaster for the first time without showing my friends that I am scared?
- Remember, these rides are tested each morning and are safe for passengers.
- If you really hate roller coasters, you can still enjoy amusement parks. Find other rides that are more endurable or sample the food and embrace the day spending time with family and friends.
- Listen to and follow any safety precautions that are given before getting on the roller coaster.
- Try to think about when you get off. You will realize it's not that bad.
- Never try and stand up or remove your restraints while on a roller coaster. This could cause serious injury. Remain seated at all times.
- Don’t ride a roller coaster if you have a heart condition. This could cause your heart to race and may result in health problems.
- Avoid eating immediately before riding a roller coaster. The fast speeds, twists, and turns may cause you to feel queasy.
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