Fear of Flying

Plane

Do you have a fear of flying?  Does the thought of flying by plane cause you anxiety to a point where it puts a dark cloud over your holiday plans, affects your relationships, or inhibits your career?  The fear of flying, or aerophobia, can be successfully cured through hypnotherapy.  

When any phobia develops, it is generated by the subconscious part of our minds.  This part of our mind holds all our memories and experiences, and does not function by rational, conscious thinking….it functions on imagination.  As with other phobias, the subconscious mind has experienced an event that has conditioned it to fear.  Although you may be unable to recall any such event in your conscious mind, your subconscious remembers the experience.  Each time a similar event or experience occurs, the behaviour and response gets reinforced (e.g. through fear and anxiety) and this ends up strengthening the phobia.   This response can be changed quickly and effectively.  Through relaxation techniques and being shown how to change the direction of your thoughts, hypnotherapy can help you to achieve a state whereby you can think positively and calmly about flying. 

For those of you who just suffer from mild anxiety about flying, then the following Top Tips may help you manage your flight a little easier:

1.       Stay hydrated whilst on the plane, and stick to drinking water or juices.  Don’t use alcohol to help you cope with a flight.  It doesn’t tackle the problem and can actually intensify some anxiety symptoms.  Remember, alcohol has a different effect at altitude.

 2.        Distract yourself and don’t focus on your fears.  Watch a film, read a book, or have a conversation with someone. 

 3.       Calm your mind through breathing exercises.  Breathe in for the count of 4, hold it for the same amount of time and then breathe out slowly.  Continue to do this several times

4.       Talk to the cabin crew and let them know that you are an anxious flyer.  They are trained to support you.  Let them know how they can help you, e.g. by explaining unfamiliar noises in the plane.

5.       Visualise a positive flight and the positive reasons for taking your flight.  Challenge any negative thoughts e.g. turbulence is nothing to be alarmed about, it happens because of air currents and the plane’s structure is built to deal with this.  It isn’t going to fall apart.

Whilst the above tips may help you if you suffer from mild anxiety about flying, overcoming an actual phobia of flying is likely to need a different approach.  If the anxiety and fear you experience about flying is overwhelming and persistent, and your fear is extreme and irrational, it is likely that you are suffering from a phobia.    This is where hypnotherapy techniques can be helpful. 

If you would like help to overcome any phobia, please contact Sharon Convisser at Pace Counselling & Hypnotherapy on 07936 556314 or e-mail me at sharonc@pacecounselling.co.uk

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