How to overcome your fear of flying

on Monday, 05 July 2010. Posted in N21 Experts


Bridgette Mansfield has some very useful advice to help those of us suffering from fear of flying




We are approaching the peak of the holiday season, when more of us will be jetting off to the sun. Whilst you may be looking forward to your holiday, does the prospect of having to get on that plane to get there give you palpitations?  If so, you are not alone, did you know that at least one out of every six adults has a fear of flying, also known as aviophobia or aerophobia?


Everyone has some degree of flying fear. You get in a small cylindrical tube, trust your life with some unseen pilot who, if media reports are to be believed, probably has a drinking problem! To make matters worse, you’ve been bombarded with graphic details of previous air fatalities.


Who wouldn’t be scared, even though we are told it is the safest form of transport?


So, here are some tips for the fearful flyer


·   Treat the turbulence like bumps in the road. Don’t tense up or fight it, just let your body sway with the movements.


·    Keep distracted. Watch the movie, read a book, listen to calming music or do a puzzle.


·   Avoid caffeine, as an overly hyper state of mind will only increase your anxiety. Drink lots of water so that you are not dehydrated.


·   Avoid gory details of an air disaster in the media, accidents are very rare and millions of people fly every day.


·   Breathe deeply as often as you can, and remember that the sick bag in front of you can be used as an anti-hyperventilating device as well.


A number of airlines, including Virgin offer fear of flying courses. Alternatively, talk to one of our local hynotherapists who can provide you with a one-to-one consultation to overcome your pre-flight anxiety so that you can really enjoy preparing for your holiday and banish those overwhelming feelings of claustrophobia and panic attacks and sit back and enjoy the inflight entertainment.

Bridgette Mansfield Hypnotherapy
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We are approaching the peak of the holiday season, when more of us will be jetting off to the sun. Whilst you may be looking forward to your holiday, does the prospect of having to get on that plane to get there give you palpitations? If so, you are not alone, did you know that at least one out of every six adults has a fear of flying, also known as aviophobia or aerophobia?

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