Fear of flying may be common, but that doesn’t make it any less of a problem. The panic you experience even thinking about taking a flight can be truly debilitating – but fortunately, it is something which can be overcome. You don’t have to stay close to home for vacations, refrain from attending family reunions and weddings located too far away to drive. All you have to do is start putting the five following tips to use; it may not happen overnight, but if you’re determined to get past your fear of flying, you can do it. |
1) Understand the root cause of your fear of flying: Anxiety disorders and phobias, including the fear of flying, are usually rooted in the same thing: the fear of losing control. Whether you’re afraid of being in a confined space for a few hours during your flight, being off the ground or any other aspect of flying, it more than likely boils down to not being able to be in control of the situation you find yourself in. Once you understand this, it’s easier to work to overcome it, since you now have a place to start from.
2) Learn more about flying:
You’re much less likely to be fearful of something that you know and understand and the same is true of flying. Since a major component of your fear is that you’re leaving your comfort zone, being informed about how air travel works and how low the risk of a plane accident actually is can go a long way towards putting your mind at ease and allowing you to board a plane and take a flight without losing your composure.
3) Learn some relaxation techniques:
Even if you understand why you fear flying and know that the risk of anything actually happening is incredibly small, it’s only natural to be tense and anxious when you finally do get on a plane. Before you take a flight, prepare yourself by learning relaxation techniques like deep breathing, meditation and visualization and start using them as far in advance as possible. The more relaxed you are before you board, the better prepared you will be to fly – and remember, it’ll be easier the next time you get on a plane.
4) Be prepared:
There’s nothing that can make your anxiety about flying worse than having to rush to the airport at the last minute. Even though the stress of being late may not have much to do with your fear of flying, if you’re already stressed out when you arrive at the airport, you’ll have a much harder time relaxing once you’re on the plane. Make a point of arriving early for your flight in order to give yourself some time to sit down, decompress and use some of your relaxation techniques so that you’re ready for take-off.
If none of the above helps you to overcome your fear of flying to the point that you’re ready to get on a plane, then you may want to consider hypnotherapy as an alternative. Hypnosis can help you to get to the root of your fears and assist you in overcoming them. While hypnosis isn’t a panacea for your anxieties, it is a valuable tool that can get you over the hump – and onto the tarmac and ready to fly. Author:
David Samson is a member of the General Hypnotherapy Register. He holds a Senior Qualification in Hypnotherapy London treatments and is accredited by the National Regulatory Register for Hypnotherapy. He has acted as an Advisor to ITV Television, London Talk Radio, LBC Radio, BBC Radio London, BBC Radio 2 and Talk Radio Europe. His work has been featured in The Times, The Telegraph, Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and the Evening Standard.
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