Before you get into this blog let’s see if it’s right for you:
Love flying and everything about it? - This blog is probably not for you but you’re cool, so feel free to read on anyway and maybe share it with someone who needs it.
Deathly petrified and phobic of flying? I doubt that reading a blog will be enough to change that fully but the good news is; you CAN change that and article will explain how. For more information read on...
Somewhere in the middle of the two? A little fearful and dislike (or even hate) flying but can do it when the destination is worth it? This post was written specifically for you, read on...
Does it make sence?
Thoughts and feelings are very different things. I could easily fill a whole blog about why a fear of flying is illogical but i doubt that would change how you *feel* about it so I shall simply summarise the logical part by saying:
2017 was the SAFEST year in air travel. So safe, in fact, that there were ZERO comercial passenger jet crashes anywhere in the world! That’s right, NONE! Despite there being more flights than ever before!
That’s astounding considering there were 4,081,000,000 (Four Billion Eighty-one Million) scheduled passengers boarded globally in 2017.
So now we know that flying is the safest mode of transport available to us (safer even, than walking) we should all feel great about it, right? Yet there are still many people out there that hate the idea of flying - and not just because of the joy of security and passport control.
How do I fix it?
Now that we have identified that the fear is irrational we can look at the best ways to address it.
One powerful way to change it is through Neuro-Linguistic Programming. In simple terms and expert can help you to adjust the way you react and therefore overcome your fear of flying. If you’re wondering what on earth that means then check out this blog post:
Hypnosis is a great way to work on fears and phobias. If the fear was a conscious problem then the facts discussed at the start of this blog would enough to fix it. If it was that easy, you wouldn’t still be reading this blog. As you are still here, it shows that these fears stem from the subconscious. That’s where hypnosis comes in and will allow you to overcome these problems. There are a lot of misconceptions about hypnosis so if you would like to understand it better, follow this link:
The ideas above are great and powerful solutions to a fear of flying but if you just want to manage your own discomfort there are a number of things that you can do for yourself to make it easier to travel by air. Try out the following and find what works for you, after all everyone’s different.
The subconscious doesn’t understand the difference between reality and imagination. Rather than thinking about all the things that could go wrong and therefor having a natural fear response, imagine Things going well.
Often the discomfort starts long before you get on the plane. The build up to the flight can often involve worrying about being worried. Every time you find yourself thinking “what if...” pause, breathe and imagined gthe opposite. So “What if there’s bad turbulence” becomes “What if the flight goes really smoothly.
Take the time to focus on breathing relaxed calm breaths. It’s hard not to relax when you relax your breathing.
3. Avoid stimulants
Caffine (for example) increases the heart rate, making you feel more on edge. Cut out the pre-flight coffee to help you to feel calmer and more in control.
This isn’t for everyone but visualising a nice relaxing scene can really help you to remain calm. Practice this before the flight so that when it come time for the flight you already know what you will picture and how relaxing that will feel.
For some people having a task to focus on helps to keep their mind occupied and therefore less focused on the flight itself. Try doing a sudoku or similar puzzle. You c ould even use this time to think about what you may want to do when you reach your destination safely.
6. Comfort someone else.
Sometimes having someone else whop is more scared than us can help us to realise that it’s not that bad. If there is someone there for you to comfort this can really help. If there’s no one there? Just practice what you would do if there was. It’s surprising how well this can help.
7. distance yourself.
Close your eyes and picture yourself sat in your seat. Then imagine you are watching yourself spitting in the seat. Then imagine you are further back on the plane, looking at yourself watching yourself. Then imagine you are in a cinema, watching yourself, filming yourself, watching that person who looks like you flying. The more distance you put between you and the event that scares you, the easier it will feel.
8. fast forward.
Pretend you already took the flight and imagine step by step what it’s like to be in the airport at the other end. - afterall there’s no reason to be scared of something that’s already over, is there?
Give these ideas a try and if you need more help. Please get in touch.
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