Stop Fear of Flying With Hypnosis
Are vacation plans up in the air because you're afraid to fly? Is fear of flying a career barrier? Has fear of flying kept you from visiting loved ones? Don’t worry. You are not alone. The number of people who report fear of flying has doubled since the September 11th suicide hijackings. But hypnosis can help.
To get started, ask yourself:
What are you really afraid of?
Most people who are truly phobic
couldn't care less about terrorist takeovers.
Interestingly only 6% of people believe flying
is unsafe (Boeing 1980 study). Yet close to 30%
as many) admit to being afraid of flying.
The vast majority of fear of flying is
irrational. The passenger knows
knowstheir fears aren’t real. Yet they are every bit as powerful as a genuine threat. Palms sweat. Hearts beat faster. Passengers feel a sense of impending doom. Despite the fact that the person rationally thinks that planes are perfectly safe. The first question you must ask yourself is "do you believe rationally that flying is safe?"
The truth is that most people think airplanes are back to being the safest way to travel. In 2010 there were no fatalities in all domestic flights. Zero. Compare this to car accident statistics. If you accept this and yet are still terrified, then you can work on panic as an emotional problem rather than as a realistic response to the risks attached to flight.
How hypnosis can help you quit the Fearful Flying Club
If the problem seems too much for you to handle, I would suggest you schedule your first hypnosis session as soon before your flight as possible. I approach fear of flying the same way I treat any fear. First I probe for the root cause of the issue. Often there is a distinct origination point that may have little or nothing to do with flying. If this is found I help the client hypnotically to reframe it in such a way that it no longer applies to flying. The next step is to desensitize the fear. You will be guided through an imaginary flight from packing to arriving. You will be directed to gently experience a toned down version of your fear and to allow it to disappear and then to associate feelings of enjoyment and relaxation while flying. Other techniques include time compression, distraction/dissociation and somnambulism. In time compression, you are conditioned to experience the flight as very short so it seems to be “over almost as soon as they leave the gate.”
The following is a list of additional steps you can take right now to ease your anxieties.
Fearless Flying Tips
· Arrive at the airport early. You will be more relaxed overall and by checking in early you may have your choice of seats.
· Ask to visit the cockpit.
· Introduce yourself to the pilot and crew.
· Request a seat near the front where you will be less aware of any turbulence
· Bring a book, magazines, a Walkman with relaxing tapes, or crossword puzzles. Don’t plan to just sit there with nothing to do but worry.
· Schedule non-stop flights whenever possible. Minimizing the number of take offs and landings AND waiting on the ground between take offs will reduce your overall anxiety.
· Avoid smaller planes and propeller planes till you are more comfortable. They are as safe as the larger ones but fearful flyers often feel safer in a bigger aircraft.
· Eat nutritiously the day of the flight and cut back on caffeine.
· Practice visualizing your flight and arriving at your destination safely. Trying to put the flight out of your mind until you are onboard may seem like a good idea. But it isn’t. The more emotional/mental preparation you can do before hand the better. The last thing you want is to suddenly “find yourself” on a plane without having processed your anxiety beforehand.
· Ask for a aisle seat, especially if you feel any claustrophobia. An aisle seat will let you easily get up and move around rather than feel penned in by other passengers.
Here are some comments on how hypnosis can
help reduce or eliminate the fear of flying.
Typically these are after a 3 session program:
Here are some comments on how hypnosis can help reduce or eliminate the fear of flying. Typically these are after a 3 session program:
I wanted to let you know how my trip, including the plane ride, went on November 25th.
panic for 10 minutes when we left Boston to
Miami, but the
flight from Miami to Turks and Caicos
was wonderful! I didn't even have the
opportunity to listen to the cd's. I
simply repeated the mantra you taught me and it
worked beautifully. I'm not sure I'll ever be
flying, but this was such a huge
change that my family no longer dread mentioning
"flying" around me. We are planning a trip
to the Grand Canyon for next August! Thank you
again for encouraging me to conquer this
fear...I don't think I could have done it
L.P. Woonsocket, Rhode Island
Thank you for helping me eliminate my fear of flying. The flight back home was nothing like the one over to the states which I'd have to describe as extremely uncomfortable in every way possible. As you know, I was NOT looking forward to the flight home. Discovering that I "inherited" my little phobia about airplane travel from my mother was an eye-opener and seemed to simply dissolve away the fear. The results exceeded my expectations.
D.M. Warwick, Rhode Island
I am back!!!...I think that my fear of flying dissappeared at least 75%, still I have respect for that animal in the sky...lol, my experience coming back was amazing...I handle every second of my flight very well...there was a point that i wanted some turbulence to test myself...no shaking, comfortable, but my next step is enjoying it, that is my goal. In the past just the thought of enjoying it seemed impossible, but now I am amaze that that may happen sometime in my life. Still I took some medication to calm my nerves...but there was a possibility that I didn't really need it...things are going much better...probably I will go back in two months to have an amazing time there in the beach...thanks again, you beat professional that were working on these for years!!!...I will give you a call soon for our next step!
E.F., Central Falls, Rhode Island
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