Method 1
Getting Onto the Rollercoaster

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    Practice self calming techniques. If you're terrified to even get on the rollercoaster, calm yourself by breathing slowly and thinking about pleasant things. Tell yourself that it is a fun ride and not something to be afraid of.
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    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. 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!"
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    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."
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    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!

Method 2
Coping When You're On the Rollercoaster

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    Double check your harness, bar or other restraint. Listen for the click or other sound it makes when it shuts. This is a reassurance that you're safely tucked in. If you don't feel sure, ask the operator to double check for you.
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    Shut your eyes. This can be a helpful way to get started on the rollercoaster; you blank out all of the sites, movement and what's ahead of you and allow yourself to just concentrate on sound and feeling instead.
    • Naturally, if it feels worse with your eyes shut, simply open them again. It is different for every person, if you have your eyes closed and the liquid in your ear canal says your moving at fast speeds it may cause nausea. However you will not be able to see how high you are. So it would depend on which one is the better of the two.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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!
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.

Tips

  • Take a buddy on the ride.
  • Smile even if you have to force it.
  • Ask people how scary it is.
  • Only talk or breathe deeply when not going too fast or going up hill. As doing this going down hill or at fast speeds could cause the wind to stop you from breathing properly.

Warnings

  • Follow all the rules on the ride.
  • Don't take iPods, iPads, etc. on roller coasters because they could get broken, lost or hit someone else or secure them so that they will not fall or otherwise be damaged; at the side of the rollercoaster is usually the best place for this but remember someone may steal it although this is very unlikely.
  • Make sure not to bring a friend that will try to make you scared on purpose.

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