Fear of Flying: How to Overcome it and have a Relaxed Flight
The fear of flying, also known as aviophobia, is a common phobia that affects millions of people worldwide. It is characterized by an intense fear of flying, or of being in an aircraft, that can be triggered by various factors such as turbulence, a perceived lack of control, or past negative experiences while flying.
People with a fear of flying may experience a range of symptoms when they are faced with the prospect of flying, such as rapid heartbeat, dizziness, shortness of breath, and panic attacks. These symptoms can be so severe that they prevent individuals from traveling by air altogether, which can have a significant impact on their personal and professional lives.
Overall, a fear of flying is a treatable condition that does not have to limit an individual's ability to travel. With the right treatment and self-help techniques, individuals can learn to manage their anxiety and fly with confidence.
There are many different treatments for a fear of flying, including therapy, medication, and self-help techniques and we will look at these further down.
How will life be different if I can beat my fear of flying?
Overcoming a fear of flying can have a number of benefits, including:
Increased travel opportunities: A fear of flying can significantly limit an individual's ability to travel. By overcoming this fear, individuals can open up a world of travel opportunities and experiences.
Improved quality of life: A fear of flying can have a negative impact on an individual's quality of life. By overcoming this fear, individuals may feel more confident and empowered, and be able to participate in activities that they previously avoided due to their fear.
Improved mental health: A fear of flying can be a source of significant anxiety and stress. By overcoming this fear, individuals may experience an improvement in their overall mental health and well-being.
Improved relationships: A fear of flying can put a strain on relationships, as individuals may avoid traveling with loved ones or may have to decline invitations to events that require air travel. By overcoming this fear, individuals may be able to strengthen their relationships and feel more connected to others.
Professional benefits: A fear of flying can also have negative impacts on an individual's professional life, as they may have to decline job opportunities or promotions that require air travel. By overcoming this fear, individuals may be able to advance their careers and take on new challenges.
So what can I do to overcome my fear of flying?
You can take an organised course. EasyJet run courses at several locations, and you can find out more HERE however these can be rather expensive so other options may be considered.
Medication can also be used to manage the symptoms of a fear of flying, but it is often used in combination with therapy. Some common medications used to treat anxiety disorders, including a fear of flying, include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and benzodiazepines. It is important to work with a healthcare professional to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.
Pre-recorded Self-Hypnosis session.
There are several advantages to using a pre-recorded self-hypnosis session from a qualified clinical hypnotherapist: We have one on our website that you can download HERE
Convenience: Pre-recorded self-hypnosis sessions can be accessed anytime and anywhere, making them a convenient option for individuals who may have busy schedules or live far from a hypnotherapy practice.
Cost: Pre-recorded self-hypnosis sessions may be less expensive than in-person sessions with a clinical hypnotherapist.
Customization: Some pre-recorded self-hypnosis sessions are designed to be customized to an individual's specific needs and goals. This can make them more effective in addressing a specific issue, such as a fear of flying.
Comfort: Some people may feel more comfortable listening to a pre-recorded self-hypnosis session in the privacy of their own home rather than attending in-person sessions.
If you are interested in using self-hypnosis as a treatment for your fear of flying, it is important to chose a pre-recorded session by a qualified, reputable clinical hypnotherapist, who can help you to safely and effectively use this technique.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) is a type of psychotherapy that aims to change negative or unhelpful thoughts and behaviours. It is based on the idea that our thoughts and beliefs can influence our feelings and behaviours.
A therapist will help the patient identify and change these negative thoughts and behaviours by using strategies such as challenging negative thoughts, setting and working towards goals, and learning new coping skills. CBT has been found to be effective in the treatment of several mental health conditions, including fears and phobias such as fear of flying, depression, anxiety, and eating disorders, as well as chronic pain and other health conditions that may be impacted by negative thoughts and behaviours.
Other self-help techniques.
Self-help techniques, such as deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and visualization, can also be useful in managing the symptoms of a fear of flying. In addition, it can be helpful to educate oneself about the safety of air travel and to prepare for the flight by packing comfort items like head pillows and planning for in-flight entertainment.
In flight entertainment.
Some flights especially the longer ones will have in flight entertainment provided on the screen on the back of the seat in front of you, there is usually a selection of movies to chose from. However, if this is not available, you could download your own entertainment onto you device, put on your headphones and shut yourself away. This should detract you from the flight.
There is no one specific type of movie or music that is best for people with a fear of flying. However, some people find that listening to calming music or watching a movie that takes their mind off of their surroundings can help them relax while on a flight.
You may want to try listening to music or watching a movie that helps you feel calm and distracted. Some people find that instrumental music or nature sounds can be particularly soothing. Others find that watching a comedy or a lighthearted movie can help take their mind off of their anxiety. Ultimately, the best type of movie or music will depend on your personal preferences and what works for you
To sum up.
It's important to address your fear of flying and find a solution so that you can enjoy the benefits and convenience of air travel like so many others. Don't let your fear hold you back from experiencing all that flying has to offer.
Sharon Shinwell, Clinical Hypnotherapist
Sharon has written and recorded a self-hypnosis downloadable session to address The Fear of Flying so why not take a look HERE
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