Do you suffer from fear of flying?
Fear of flying is more common than you think. We know when we are afraid. Our heart rates increase, our palms become sweaty and we struggle to see or think clearly. Our levels of anxiety increase dramatically, and this feeling is commonly referred to as the flight or flight response. This can happen the moment we book our flight tickets. It might sneak up on us when we arrive at the airport. Worst still it may happen when we have boarded the plane, and the seatbelt signs switch on, as we prepare for take off.
Fear is a signal our brain sends to us that we are in danger, but it all begins with an outside trigger. That trigger could be a loud noise, something we smell, something we see, or something we feel. Fear is familiar to all of us
Certain fears are hardwired into the brain with very good reason, as they help ensure our survival and are passed down in our genes.
- Nyctophobia fear of the dark of night
- Agrophobia fear of heights
- Claustrophobia fear of enclosed spaces
- Agoraphobia fear of open spaces
- Arachnophobia fear of spiders
- Entomophobia fear of insects of bugs
Nowaday in modern Western society we actually really don’t need to be afraid of as many things as our ancestors did. We live safely in secure homes, our streets are lighted after dusk, and we can control nuisance insects from causing us harm. So in many instances it’s not very helpful to have an irrational fear or phobia
In modern day society, being afraid without good reason can become very debilitating for individuals. It gets in the way of us leading happy fulfilled lives.
There are millions of triggers outside our conscious awareness that can cause the fight or flight response to activate. So sometimes it’s difficult for individuals to understand why they feel afraid.
Many of us completely avoid those things that give us fear, such as going out to social occasions, dating, speaking in public, driving, swimming etc. Others just miss out on things that they want to do, but don’t do, because of fear.
Several studies have shown that nearly 40% of people suffer from fear of flying, with around 6.5% of the American population displaying extreme symptoms which is known as Aviaphobia.
It’s been shown statistically that you are 80 times more likely to die of a car accident, but that doesn’t seem to extinguish the fear. It’s never been safer to fly than it is right now.
At the end of the day, it’s not natural for us to fly in closed containers high up in the sky. You are activating a medley of hardwired phobias including heights, confined spaces and lack of control.
With a car you always know you can stop, and pull over on the hard shoulder. On a plane, you are in it, until the destination is reached. So it’s not surprising that many of us have developed a fear of flying.
It’s true that some of my clients have been affected in some way by the terrorist attacks in New York in 9/11. Seeing the images in the media, or having a connection in some way with what happened, can
There are many of us who want to travel round the world during our vacation time, as well as those who need to travel by plane for business reasons or to visit family and friends. So having a fear of flying is going to hinder these types of plans.
You are going to struggle agreeing to that business trip, or booking those flight tickets for a holiday or to visit family friends.
In some extreme cases, you might actually bottle it at the last minute, and refuse to board your flight.
- Does lift off worry you more than landing or vice versa?
- Does that feeling of turbulence makes your heart race?
- Do you find yourself checking out constantly the look on the cabin crews face, to see whether they look worried about something.
- Do you find yourself consuming larger quantities of alcohol, or medicating yourself during the flight with prescription drugs such as Valium?
- Do you worry about your return flight, on arrival at your destination?
Fear is there for a reason but we don’t have to be ruled by it. We do have the power to step past our fears. If you want or need to fly, then there isn’t much to gain by making the process a miserable one. Wouldn’t it be better, healthier and more beneficial for you to just relax and switch off the worry and reduce your fear of flying down to a more comfortable level.
As a London based Cognitive Hypnotherapist I have worked with many clients to help free them from their fear of flying or release them from being Aviophobic. Change can take place very quickly.
Imagine being able to relax and feel at ease, before and during your flight.
Imagine flying and watching a movie before drifting off to sleep, arriving at your destination refreshed and relaxed.
Imagine being able to fly to those exciting long haul destinations with your partner without going into complete meltdown.
It’s all possible and change can take place in a moment.
So if you need some help overcoming your fear of flying, contact me using the form on the right today.
“Both optimists and pessimists contribute to the society.
The optimist invents the aeroplane, the pessimist the parachute.”
— George Bernard Shaw
Useful information about air plane safety, to help reduce fear of flying
Useful YouTube video with some helpful tips about fear of flying
By Sarah Jons