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Hypnosis for Fear of Flying
Fear of flying is the second most common phobia. Only fear of spiders affects more people than flying phobia. Hypnosis is the most effective way to overcome your flying phobias by reprogramming your mind to remain calm. The therapists at Stockport Hypnotherapy are expert in overcoming phobias and helping you control anxiety.
Our fear of flying course will question your beliefs about flying, and train your brain to think about these differently.
Understand your Fear of Flying better
To help you overcome your fear of flying, it’s important to understand why you are scared of flying, and to know exactly what it is about flying that you fear. Fear of flying is usually one or a few of the following (in any order!):-
fear of the plane crashing (though many people who are scared of flying have no such fear!)
fear of having a panic attack on the plane
fear of heights
fear of not being able to get to the loo
fear of not being in control
fear of not being able to get out
fear of enclosed spaces
fear of being over water
fear and dislike of being told what to do
fear of crowds
fear of feeling sick or vomiting (emetophobia)
embarrassment about how your fear of flying makes you behave on a flight
not understanding what forms part of a normal flight – for example, why seat belt signs REALLY go on
a feeling of helplessness
fear of being close to strangers
fear of germs on the plane
fear of death.
Being scared of flying is NOT rational!
Being scared of flying really isn’t rational. It doesn’t happen because you’ve weighed up what’s safe about flying and what the dangers are. If if you had, then you wouldn’t be scared of flying. If you really believed it was dangerous and you were risking your life then you wouldn’t do it. You wouldn’t eat something labelled “poison”, would you?! Most people know that flying is statistically much, much safer than any other transport. Every day you ignore hundreds of things which are literally thousands of times more dangerous than flying; but this knowledge does not stop the very real feelings ofstress and anxiety which arise when you think about flying, or your holiday is coming up, or you’re waiting at the airport. One of the reasons for this is that you do not fly frequently enough for it to become a “normal” activity. You might hear about a car accident, someone hurting themselves tripping on the pavement, or burning or cutting themselves when cooking. The chances are that very soon after you’ll be in a car again, or walking, or cooking. So you repeat these activities again, very soon, without incident and so your most recent memories of being in a car, walking, or cooking are therefore of normal, everyday, uneventful experiences. But flying is also an every day activity.
Tens of millions of people fly every single day
On the very rare occasions when something goes wrong on a plane, it’s unlikely you’ll fly again for months, or even longer. Although it’s an everyday activity, it’s probably not something that YOU do very often. You don’t get the chance to build up memories of flying as something you do frequently, without anything bad happening. Instead your most recent memory associated with flying will be of an incredibly rare accident – so very rare that it gets mentioned on the front page of the news! It is not that travelling by car – for example – is safer; it is just that car (and other) accidents are so much more common that if THEY were mentioned on the news the bulletins would fill the whole schedule, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Because traveling in cars, walking down the street, or being in your kitchen are everyday, ordinary experiences, you filter out the stories you hear about the dangers of driving, or walking, or being in the kitchen, because you have lots of experience of those things being safe and uneventful. It’s harder for you to filter out bad news when it relates to something which you see as unusual and which you don’t have lots of experience of. A qualified hypnotherapist can help you understand your fear and accept that flying really isn’t – despite your gut reaction to it – dangerous; hypnosis helps you understand why you react to it with fear and anxiety and to understand why this reaction is wrong! Hypnosis, used as part of our fear of flying course, helps you replace your current understanding with a more rational, positive and realistic interpretation. It allows you to enjoy the build up to your holiday, feeling excitement, otn fear.
You don’t need to avoid flying
Some people with flying phobia decide flying is too risky and that they will just avoid air travel. This can have a bad impact on relationships with family and friends. Or maybe, despite really bad flying phobia, flying is not something you can avoid as you have to travel long distances for work. This can lead to stress at work. Anxiety is meant to work by warning you of threats and danger; but when it’s anxiety about flying, it simply makes no sense. Rather than helping you to avoid something which is dangerous – and it really is just fact that flying isn’t dangerous and IS absolutely the safest way you can travel – your fear simply stops you from doing pleasant, enjoyable things – flying abroad, for holidays or to see friends or family. If you really have to fly – for work for example – and it’s impossible to avoid it, your anxiety and fear of flying make it unpleasant and stressful. You have learnt the habit of feeling anxious when you think about flying; the whole subject of flying causes you stress. Hypnotherapy helps you to unlearn this habit and to associate the thought of flying with thoughts of enjoyment and relaxation rather than stress and anxiety. If you have flyingphobia it’s really just a bad habit!
How do hypnosis and hypnotherapy help fear of flying?
Hypnotherapy and hypnosis work by teaching you to switch off the habitual anxiety you feel. You will be taught self hypnosis and relaxation to allow you to remain fully in control of your fear. It’s impossible to be relaxed and anxious at the same time – just as you can’t be hungry and full, or awake and asleep . Hypnotherapy has a number of techniques which enable you to quickly and successfully “switch off” your feelings of anxiety and stress. This deals with the irrational part of your fear . For many people this is sufficient to enable them to fly without fear and anxiety.
Counselling, CBT and Hypnosis for Fear of Flying
If you still question how comfortable and relaxed you will be able to feel on your flight, we will talk with you about the particular aspects of flying that you fear, using cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. Specific suggestions about any aspects of your phobia which remain can then be made to you whilst you are in hypnosis. This will further help you to overcome your fear.
Fear of Flying Courses in Stockport
Pam Newbury and her team of hypnotherapists are highly regarded, experienced hypnotherapists based in Didsbury, south Manchester, just 4 miles from Stockport. They are expert in phobia treatment, fear of flying, anxiety, panic, and insomnia. They use a combination of hypnosis, hypnotherapy, relaxation techniques and will teach you self hypnosis.
If you are looking for hypnotherapy in Hale, Didsbury, Chorlton, Altrincham or Bowdon, or want to find a hypnotherapist in Stockport to help stress and anxiety, emotional problems such as jealousy,tinnitus or to build confidence, then you can check any of the websites (all are independent and individually verify each review) which list and give reviews of hypnotherapists (for example www.freeindex.co.uk – Google also has its own reviews) and you will see the excellent results which the Stockport Hypnotherapy team have achieved. If you would like further information about hypnosis in Stockport, for difficulty sleeping and insomnia, self esteem, phobias such as fear of needles,depression, for help with weight loss, to break bad habits, or for any other problem, please call 07779 575 816 for a free, no obligation, confidential discussion.
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