Although less common than they used to be almost every resort has some drag lifts, there may be times when you have to use them and even if you don't they can access areas you won't be able otherwise (be that off-piste or the boardpark)
It's mainly getting on and off of these where the issues arise here. Once you are actually on you should just put the bar down (in some North American resorts it seems to be 'cool' to leave the bar up - I don't understand why and in Europe they may well stop the lift if you try to leave it up!) and relax, although do keep an eye on when the 'get off' is approaching!
Nice and easy; unstrap, walk on, get off, strap in.