Holiday horrors – fear of flying?
With the long nights starting to draw in, are thoughts turning to next year and holidays? Does the idea of a foreign holiday and a plane flight cause severe anxiety and panic? Fear of flying can affect any of us without prior warning.
Although logically and statistically flying is safer than travelling in a car, many of us suffer with fear of flying. This can develop into a phobia, an irrational fear, a kind of anxiety disorder that can extinguish all logical thought from our mind. No amount of logic will cure the phobia, because a phobia, by definition, is not a logical fear.
This can be a common experience, explained by one of my clients – ‘When I went on a plane for the first time, I was slightly nervous and then the following year when I went on a plane I was absolutely terrified. I have no idea why. I thought I was going to die and felt really claustrophobic. After that I avoided flying altogether if I could help it, I was so scared.’
Being unable to go on holidays abroad, travel on business trips or go to see family on the other side of the world can really limit our lives. And this can happen without warning, without any clear reason for the fear developing.
As many as one in four of us may be affected by a fear of flying. For some a stiff drink in the departure lounge can be enough to help. But for others just the thought of sitting in a plane seat can bring on a panic attack. There can be lots of different reasons for this. And the only impact for the sufferer is that the thought of getting on a plane is too much to bear.
What can help with fear of flying?
But help is at hand, there is lots that can be done to help. Hypnotherapy has helped lots of people to conquer their fear and actually get back onto a plane and enjoy a holiday abroad with their friends and families.
I’ve helped a number of people to do beat this fear and if you would like to know more about how I could help you, please just let me know.
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