Many people look forward to an annual holiday but for almost 1 in 10 the fear of flying is a huge barrier to Summer fun. Fear of flying is a unique phobia. Statistically flying is very safe – walking or driving are actually more dangerous. But it feels so contrary to our normal behaviour that it’s not surprising we often find it anxiety or stress inducing.
If your phobia is relatively mild you may be able to settle yourself by doing a little research into the science of flying and the statistics surrounding its safety. Think about the levels of risk you are willing to accept in other areas of your life – buses, cars and bikes are all statistically more dangerous. There’s actually a higher chance of fatality from food poisoning, snake bites or getting hit by lightning, than from a plane crash. In fact, you are more likely to have an accident whilst walking to the plane than on the plane itself!
For many people scared of flying it is the fear of the unknown. If you’ve never flown before you may benefit from researching how the process works and talking to people about what to expect. There may be some movement, your ears may pop and some parts of the wings will move –this is all normal and no cause for concern. If you’re not expecting it though, it can be unnerving.
For a serious phobia these kind of statistics and facts alone are not enough to change a conditioned fear response. There are many different causes of a phobia of flying. Most of these stem from our subconscious mind, so this is what any treatment must focus on.
Hypnotherapy for Fear of Flying
My advanced hypnotherapy treatments can help you overcome your fear of flying quickly, safely and effectively. We can work together on the following areas.
I work with my clients to explore phobias in more detail and tailor treatments to them. A fear of flying can be complex. Are you afraid of heights, confined spaces or lack of control? What is it specifically about flying that triggers you? Are there certain sights and sounds that spark the fear response? If so, we can work on reversing these learned reactions. Many people develop phobias after a bad experience in the past. I work with clients to unpick and process these negative thoughts and replace them with calming influences and new positive reactions.
Positive visualisations and guided imagery can be used in a hypnotherapy session to encourage your mind to react differently to stress inducing triggers. This can involve imagining a relaxing place or repeating a calming mantra. By rehearsing a positive and relaxing flight with hypnotherapy your mind starts to expect this experience rather than a negative one, and reacts accordingly when faced with the real thing.
Flying may seem more dangerous than walking or driving because we personally have no control over the vehicle. Hypnotherapy can help you feel comfortable with releasing some aspects of control. Simultaneously you can feel more powerful by taking back control of certain aspects of the experience – your thoughts, physical stimuli such as listening to relaxation tracks or positive visualisations. Self-hypnosis techniques can be taught and practised in the moment for even more autonomy.
If you’d like to learn more about how hypnotherapy can help you prevent a fear of flying from ruining your next holiday please do get in touch.