Like most phobias, fear of flying can have a big effect on your life. Some people avoid flying altogether while others will board the plane but try to get through it by using alcohol or anti anxiety medications. However you try to cope, there’s quite a lot you can do to overcome fear of flying and get back in control.
What Causes a Fear of Flying?
It can take a few different forms, from being scared that the plane will crash to phobias linked to enclosed spaces or heights.
When it occurs can also vary from person to person. The fears can kick in from the moment you first book a holiday that will involve flying or you may only feel anxious when you get to the airport or physically get on the plane.
A lot of the fear is anticipatory in that you’re scared of what you imagine could happen when you’re on the plane, rather than reacting to something that does actually happen.
While a fear of flying can first develop after a bad experience during a flight, it’s not always as simple as this. For example, people who have never been on a plane can suffer from fear of flying that stops them flying for the first time. Fears can sometimes go back to childhood, especially if a parent has also had the same phobia.
It can also be linked to other phobias. For example, you might also have claustrophobia (a fear of enclosed spaces) or be scared of heights and both of these phobias can come into play while you’re on a flight. Being scared of losing control can also be a factor.
Tips for Overcoming Fear of Flying
Despite the horror stories of plane crashes and terrorism, the stats say that air travel is still one of the safest modes of transport. Knowing this can be a first step to overcoming a phobia of flying but you’ll probably need to do a bit more than this to overcome your fears.
Exposure therapy can be used to treat phobias, including fear of flying that stops you boarding a plane at all. This involves gradually immersing yourself in a situation that causes you anxiety until it loses its power over you. For fear of flying, this involves building up your exposure to flying until eventually, you’re able to fly with confidence.
Hypnotherapy for Fear of Flying
Hypnotherapy is one of the most effective interventions for anxiety and works very well for treating phobias too.
It can alter your thoughts and behaviour at the unconscious level. To begin with, you may be asked to imagine yourself in the situation that triggers your anxiety, whether that begins at the booking stage or when you get on the plane. Following this, you’ll be given suggestions and other tools to calm you and help you to take control of your emotions when you’re in the same situation and next take a flight. Ultimately, you’ll be able to detach yourself from the fear of flying and replace your anxious thoughts and behaviour with calm and healthier behaviour.
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