All about a Fear of Flying
Fear of flying (sometimes called aerophobia) is common. It’s estimated around five million British people feel very anxious when they fly.
Sufferers tend to identify with one or more of the following:
- Feelings of ‘anticipatory anxiety’ – such as impending doom or danger at the airport or in the days leading up to the flight.
- Afraid about a specific aspect of the flight – such as take-off, turbulence or landing.
- Feeling overcome by fear or anxiety when the various audible ‘bings’ so often heard on the plane go off.
- Being overcome by negative thoughts and ‘what ifs’, such as, ‘What if we hit a bird strike?’
You can end up in an even more heightened state of anxiety and fear if you also have an associated phobia – such as a fear of confined spaces, germs or heights whilst in the air.
Panicking about panic attacks
Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemies. We reinforce our fear of flying by reading bad news about air accidents or watching movies about plane disasters. Our imagination runs riot and we start feeling anxious.
In a worst-case scenario, people with a fear of flying may actually have a panic attack on the plane. Unfortunately, worrying about the possibility of having panic attacks for people who are prone to them only makes things worse.
Though we may categorise our worries as irrational fears because we’ve read so many things about how a plane is the safest way to travel, trying to talk yourself into a state of calm rarely works. A different solution is required.
How Fear of Flying Hypnotherapy can help you
When we help people to overcome their fear of flying, we target the part of the brain that is associated with fear. It’s called the amygdala, and during hypnotherapy we provide you with ways to avoid the ‘amygdala hijack‘ that sends your fear spiralling out of control.
Hypnotherapy gets straight to the root cause of the issue and provides the mind with alternative responses to stimuli (in this case, aircraft). It rapidly equips the mind with somewhere else to go (instead of fear) when you’re thinking about flying or are actually on a plane. In most cases, one or two sessions are enough.
Working on your flying fear
You are in control during the session. And while your fears will be discussed, there is no need to think that in order for hypnotherapy to work, some sort of terrifying exposure or distress is required.
So there’s no reason to worry. I will use the hypnotherapeutic tools at my disposal to help alleviate any feelings of danger you feel when you fly – and give you a future more filled with hope.