How to get over fear of roller coasters?

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I will tell you my story and I hope it would help you.

A few months ago I went to thorpe park. I was scared of rollercoasters before but I kept saying to myself "I can do this, I can do this" so that gave me a little more courage to go on the ride. So I went on this ride called Nemesis and while waiting outside for the ride to come in, I kept saying "It's going to be ok" so as I got in I just closed my eyes for 10 seconds and breathed in and out until the ride started. My eyes were shut for the first 10 seconds of the ride but you realise it isn't all that bad with your eyes shut. So I opened my eyes and realised it even isn't that bad with eyes open and now I enjoy rollercoasters.

So what you need to do is keep saying positive things to yourself and always try not to think of the bad things. While in the queue talk with friends so that you do not think of the ride and when you get on, close your eyes until you feel confident that it doesn't feel bad with your eyes shut. Open your eyes slightly and see what it's like, when you think it isn't that bad open them fully and if you want to go a little further, stick your hands in the air, as some other people will do.

Now if it's your first time it is advised that you do not eat a big meal as it could affect you while you are on the ride, also you should sit around the middle so you do not feel the full effect of the ride. Start with the small rides then build up confidence to go on bigger ones.

Remember not to think of it while queueing, always think of a topic to talk of with friends or family as a distraction. On the ride don't think of it, just consider it a bumpy ride and always say to yourself that it's not scary. Or just picture a some nice scenery instead.

Now most of all have fun, do not panic on the ride because you are safe. Don't force yourself to go on and don't go on to impress others. Also relax on the ride and enjoy yourself and think nothing of the drops or loops.

So remember: Think positive and you'll have the courage. Turst me it pays off in the end.
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After reading some of the previous answers, they are very solid answers.  However, there is one more thing I would like to add that really helps.  I'm 18 and love roller coasters, Always have/always will.  I have a younger friend who was absolutely terrified of roller coasters.  So I've gone to a few amusement park websites, along with YouTube, and watch the POV (point of view) videos.  It shows you the entire ride from the front of the ride, so if you put it in full screen and sit relatively close, it almost feels as if you are on the ride.

 It is a great way to start to see if you'd be interested.  From there, go to an amusement park with a wide variety of coasters, and start small.  I started my friend off at Coney Island in Cincinnati, Ohio, where they have only one coaster; while it's a relatively small ride, it has the whiplash effect of most rides.  He was thrilled by it and we've obtained season passes to Cedar Fair's amusement parks (Kings Island/Cedar Point, etc)  Roller coasters are great fun and I hope you get to experience all of the enjoyment that we do!
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It depends on what aspect you're afraid of... Safety? Heights? That feeling in your stomach?

Roller coasters are completely safe. You're more likely to get into a car accident on the way there, than have something go terribly wrong while you're riding.

If you're afraid of heights, just close your eyes when you're going up the first hill... After that, everything is kind of a blur since you're going so fast.

If it's that feeling you get in your stomach, I don't think there's any way to get over that. I hate that feeling too, but I still enjoy roller coasters. I can get past that falling feeling because I really enjoy the speed, loops, twists, and of course the adrenaline rush I get from them.

Just start out on the smallest coaster at the park and work your way up, but don't go on any you don't feel comfortable on. The park I always go to is Magic Mountain and I don't think I'll ever work up the courage to go on Goliath or Superman because they're just so massive and intimidating. Don't really like Colossus much either, because it had so much airtime.

Anyway, it's possible to get over it! I did :)
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When I was younger I was so scared of roller coasters. My sister pretty much forced me on the coaster, and I was extremely scared. During the ride I was screaming for my life. I felt like the ride was going to break down or something. But when I got off I was jumping up and down for her to go on it with me again. To avoid being scared, I suggest going with a friend or family. This sounds kinda wierd, but when I go on scary rides I like to sit next to someone and hold thier hand? I don't know. It just makes be feel a lot safer. Usually when I go with my sister she makes me go on the scariest ride first. This usually helps because everything after that won't be as scary. Now, I'm not afraid of rollercoasters. Hope this helped! And one more thing, don't spike yourself out. Just think, what's the worst that could happen? The thing will break down? No, it won't! And even if it does.. Who said your going to die? King da ka breaks down like 2x a day! No body ever gets hurt. Lol. Hope this didnt make you more scared. Your fine! When it's all over, you will actually like it.
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Ride them.  That's how I got over my fear.  I was scared to get on one until I was 14.  Then I went on a trip with a bunch of friends of mine and I didn't want to be the only sissy scared to ride (they didn't know I'd never been on one).  Once I rode one I became addicted to them.  They are fun.  I'm 33 now and still go to Magic Mountain once a year.
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well it would help to know what about roller coasters is scary to you?

but in general i would say

-go to the bathroom before you get in line

-go with a friend or family member that you trust

-talk and think of other things while waiting in line.

-force yourself to sit down adn buckle up with out chickening out

-tell yourself that once you are buckled up there is no going back
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Well, the way I got over my fear is that I rode one with my eyes closed, and occasionally opened them. Then on the second one, I kept my eyes open. Remember, It's okay to scream, I always do for no reason now. Haha, hope this helped!
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well, are they really something that you want to ride? if they are, then the only way to get over your fear is to just go on them. I'm not saying when you get to the amusement park you go on the biggest one there but work your way up, you know like starting on one of the kiddy rides, and then eventually go on an extreme one (well if you really want to)...... that's my best advice.........
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