Learn to overcome your fear of flying with the help of hypnotherapy in Hertfordshire.
A fear of flying is completely understandable
Humans are not meant to fly. In evolutionary terms, it’s a very new development for us and even though statistically, flying is very safe (ACRO 2013), and getting safer, many people are frightened of it.
If you are afraid of flying, you are not alone. As many as 40% of the population share your fear, making it one of the most common phobias. For some, it’s the flying itself and the chances of crashing that are the problem. For others, it’s just one aspect - the boarding, or take-off etc. It may be a complication of other issues, such as feeling trapped or a loss of control. As with all fears, your fight-or-flight response kicks in and your heart starts racing, you begin to sweat and breathe faster. For some people, this develops into a panic attack.
If you have a phobia about flying, it probably doesn’t affect you on a daily basis, however, it may stop you from fully participating in life. You may miss family weddings, job opportunities, or family holidays because of it. Even if you force yourself to get on the plane, the anxiety you experience mars what should be an enjoyable experience.
How can hypnotherapy help with your fear of flying?
The heightened emotions that accompany anxiety are distressing and can make you feel a variety of strong emotions, including feeling angry with yourself or others, fear, and sadness. Hypnotherapy is a gentle and effective way to help you acknowledge those emotions without judgement. With the help of hypnotherapy, you can learn to relax and control your fight-or-flight response at manageable levels. You can learn to breathe slowly, calm your racing heart, and remain calm and in control.
What to expect with fear of flying hypnotherapy
You can read about a typical hypnotherapy session here, although your own treatment will be tailored specifically to what will work best for you. The sessions are likely to start with understanding what first caused your fear of flying - was it a bad experience, was it sensational news reports - and looking at ways you may be able to reduce it. It may be that booking an aisle seat, listening to music or a hypnotherapy CD, getting a friend to come along, and so on, make the experience less traumatic for you.
Hypnotherapy will help you learn breathing techniques to keep you relaxed, and ways to overcome motion sickness etc. You will also learn how to use self-hypnosis before and during a flight to make sure you cope with confidence. It can be very effective to practice a flying experience within the safety of the consulting room - you will never be asked to do anything that makes you uncomfortable, and the therapy will only proceed at the pace you decide.
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