Maybe your fear of flying is affecting your career and work life. Or perhaps your it’s ruining your holidays with the anxiety of flying overshadowing the enjoyment.
I can work with you to overcome your phobia and teach you techniques enabling you to relax before and during your flight. Discussing how your fears manifest themselves and the triggers that set them off is crucial in enabling you to examine your fears and working to overcome them.
My first experience of hypnotherapy was as a teenager, wanting to overcome the fear of flying. It was very effective; I think it took two sessions.
Fear of fear itself
However, the funny thing is, that by the time I saw the hypnotherapist, it wasn’t the fear of flying that scared me. It was the fear of fear itself.
Sitting on the runway on a flight to Greece, I had my first real experience of terror. Nothing I had experienced up until that point could have prepared me for it. I learned that the physical effects of adrenaline cannot be overplayed.
State of hyper-vigilance
The whole world collapsed in my state of hyper-vigilance. My heart felt like a ticking bomb in my rib cage; my lungs felt restricted as if all the oxygen had been sucked out of them. The blood was pounding in my ears.
One of the cabin crew stood next to me as we waited for take off. But in those minutes, the overwhelming and unfamiliar feelings that I experienced made me believe that being ‘scared to death’ was a very real possibility.
Loss of confidence
Consequently, I completely lost confidence that my body could cope. Although I was convinced I would die in that plane, it was nothing to do with a crash. I simply thought that I would die of fear.
Physical feelings of fear
Even though we talk about fear, we tend to think of it as a mental state. In reality, fear is a full-on, visceral, physical rebellion from within.
Over the past twenty years I’ve taken more flights than I can remember. Although I don’t always love flying, that’s because these days I find it a bit tedious. Hypnotherapy provided the key to a life that I might otherwise have been too afraid to experience.
Perhaps your can relate to elements of my story. Or perhaps your experience is entirely different. However your fear or phobia manifests itself, there is a way to change it.
Do contact me if you would like to find out more about Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.
Tel: 07990 572900