Quick, quick, the sun is finally out from behind those rain clouds and nobody can be sure just how long it is planning to stay for, so you’ll need to act fast if you want a summer holiday.
For some people though it’s not that easy if they want to get away for a while. Whilst a lot of us will just book a trip to a place that we would like to visit, get on a plane and enjoy a holiday there; the whole process is a lot more difficult for someone with a fear of flying.
Aerophobia or the fear of flying affects around 25% of us but at varying degrees. Some people will just experience some slight anxiety but will still get on a plane whilst others struggle with even the thought of air travel and this effects their holiday plans year after year. If this is you then wouldn’t you love to finally be free from your fear and enjoy a deserving break in faraway surroundings this summer?
Here are a few ways to alleviate this troublesome fear and gain more control over your life in the process.
Learn The Statistics –
I’m sure you have been told in the past how safe flying is but it’s time for some numbers which may help you to grasp just how safe we are talking. Flying is by far the safest form of transport when you take into account how often accidents occur with other forms. For example, there would have to be a plane crash every day of every year for the number of fatalities to equal those caused by car crashes.
The odds of being killed whilst taking a single flight are 1 in 29.4 million. Therefore you are roughly 51 times more likely to be struck by lightning (1 in 576,000), 3 times more likely to become president (1 in 10 million) and exactly 42 times more likely to give birth to quadruplets (1 in 700,000).
Face Your Fear –
This advice is often given to anyone suffering from any fear and generally has varying results. The only problem with facing your fear is that you have to go through the whole ordeal of building yourself up and dealing with whatever it is you are afraid of, and then there is no guarantee that it will work. Nevertheless this approach has worked for people in the past and so it may be a case having to become a frequent flying in order to feel comfortable with it.
Some airlines do run courses that aim to familiarise passengers with the inside of the cabin and take them through a number of the procedures they have to carry out. The train of thought here is that learning about the plane and how it works will make you feel safer.
The great thing about hypnotherapy is that it doesn’t involve facing your fear in any capacity and could be solved in a much shorter time span than other treatments. Whereas medication and drugs may get you through one particular flight; hypnotherapy will help you overcome your fear so that you are free to experience as many flights as you fancy.
At this point it is important to highlight the difference between hypnotherapy and hypnotism. Hypnotherapy is a viable alternative treatment for a variety of issues including smoking, weight loss and phobias but has developed a negative stigma due to its stage hypnotism counterpart. Hypnotherapy for your phobia can be undertaken in the form of fear of flying courses and will look at finding the root of the issue and removing your anxieties.
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Chris Mayhew has suffered from a fear of flying in the past and this effected his travel plans. He would recommend Fix My Mind for anyone wanting to cure a similar fear of flying in time for the summer holidays.