Would you like to go abroad on holiday, but just the thought of getting on a plane has you panic-stricken? Are you missing out on a promotion because that would involve meetings in other countries and flying? Is your fear of flying holding you back?
You are not alone. About one in ten people in the UK suffer from some form of fear of flying also known as aerophobia or aviophobia. The reasons are as varied as the symptoms.
Possible symptoms of fear of flying
Fear of flying can manifest itself through feelings of anxiety and panic attacks, excessive sweating, dry mouth, hyperventilating, vomiting, tense muscles and dizziness to name only some of the possible symptoms.
What causes fear of flying?
Fear of flying is a learned fear; we are not born with it. It can be brought on by bad experiences such as heavy turbulence on a flight or news stories of plane crashes or terrorism. In the aftermath of 9/11 many people who were previously very happy to fly in an aeroplane suddenly developed symptoms of aviophobia. Watching other people have a negative experience on an aeroplane (such as panic attacks or vomiting) can also trigger your own fears. It can also be a subconscious anxiety which comes out in the fear of flying, but is really related to something else quite different.
A Fear of flying is not only that – the fear of being in the air in an aeroplane; many factors can contribute to being extremely uncomfortable or even unable to fly. Suffering from claustrophobia, having no control over the aeroplane and other people’s actions, fear of heights, worrying about losing control of your emotions or vomiting in public or even PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), there are many different possible contributors to this phobia.
But there is hope!
The good news is that fear of flying is curable. Hypnotherapy can help to put your subconscious mind at ease. Phobias live in the subconscious mind. We are all told again and again that flying is one of the safest modes of travel; even safer than crossing the road, and we understand this with our conscious mind and on a logical level. But the subconscious mind is that little voice that stops you being rational.
Here are 3 top tips that might help you get started with overcoming your fear of flying:
- Reduce stress by planning your journey to the airport in advance to give yourself plenty of time
- Learn to relax using deep breathing
- Do plenty of mental rehearsals seeing yourself relaxed and smiling on the plane
During a hypnotherapy session, the therapist is able to uncover any deeper reasons for your phobia, which can then be dealt with. You learn a new pattern of behaviour; taking you from dreading a flight or even boarding a plane to simply relaxing and starting to enjoy the freedom of flying.
During the session you will also learn relaxation techniques. You can use them again and again to put your own mind at ease every time you want to fly. Because you will want to fly and experience all this beautiful earth has to offer. You don’t want to be limited to where other forms of transport can get you. Many successful clients would agree hypnotherapy could be the single most successful step you ever take to overcome your fear of flying.
Samantha Culshaw-Robinson is a clinical hypnotherapist who has helped dozens of patients overcome their phobias since 2010. Get in touch for your complimentary consultation, please phone 075 222 777 22 or email email@example.com