Are you looking for hypnotherapy for fear of flying? Maybe you’re one of the many people who are filled with anxiety at the thought of getting on a plane, and have decided to try a slightly more alternative type of treatment.
Fear of flying is a very common issue, and can affect people from all different walks of life. The cause of fear of flying can stem from a lot of things – for instance fear of confined spaces, lack of control, or a feeling of panic about the terror alerts that we hear about on the news.
Fear of flying can start at any point in your journey – not necessarily when you’re just onboard the aircraft. For some it begins days, or even weeks, before the trip, when they can’t sleep for worrying about the flight.
5 reasons why people seek hypnotherapy for fear of flying
1. Fear of flying being unsafe
The most obvious fear of flying is the thought that the plane may experience some form of emergency and come crashing down. We’re reminded of this every time we board, when the safely announcements are given.
It’s easy to believe that flying is a terribly dangerous way to travel, what with all the disaster movies about plane crashes, and the way the news highlights terrorist attacks and other flying-related catastrophes, but in reality, it’s a very irrational fear. This article by James Ball demonstrates how flying is pretty minimal in terms of actual risk:
Hypnotherapy and NLP can help ‘reset the brain’ so we can begin to think in a more rational way about flying.
2. Fear of other people
This may not be the most obvious cause for fear of flying, and indeed, a lot of people aren’t even consciously aware that fear of other people – or ‘social anxiety’ – is really the key issue for them.
As soon as we set foot in the airport we’re in very close proximity to a lot of other people, whether we’re queuing at the check-in desk, going through security, or of course sitting on the plane. For some types of people this is just too much to bear.
Many people with a fear of flying are highly empathic, and have a tendency to soak up other peoples’ emotions like a sponge.
Airports, and airplanes, are often filled with many other stressed-out people who are themselves in various states of hyper-vigilance, whether they’re experiencing their own fear of flying, or simply rushing to make their connection.
All this creates a hotpot of very strong emotions, and translates to an inexplicable feeling of anxiety and panic in empathic people.
3. Fear of confined spaces
There’s no denying it; airplanes can be a bit squashed and uncomfortable at times – especially if you’re flying with some of the low-cost airlines. But for some people it’s more than just an inconvenience, and they can experience claustrophobia.
Claustrophobia can often stem from a traumatic childhood experience. Hypnotherapy can be very helpful in identifying the trigger event and moving through it.
4. Lack of control
Lack of control is another very common reason we can experience fear of flying. Airplanes, and airports, are places where we have very limited control. Security measures grow tougher every year and it’s hard to keep up with the latest rules and regulations.
For some people it’s really difficult to relinquish such a lot of their personal power and submit to such drastic changes to their usual routine.
5. Previous trauma while flying
Some people might have previously experienced a traumatic event or crisis while flying, and this can lead to a subconscious fear that this problem will re-occur.
I find that a mixture of trauma-informed counselling and hypnotherapy is excellent for uncovering that ‘stuck’ belief, leaving you reassured that flying can be comfortable, safe, and even fun.
Fear of flying can cost so much
Fear of flying can make holidays a nightmare for you and your family, causing tension and upset for all concerned. For some it can be very expensive, with cancelled flights and changes to plans.
How would it feel to be able to relax and actually enjoy your holiday, without that dread and panic that grows as the day of the flight approaches?
Fear of flying can cause professional problems too, if you have to travel as part of your job. How much would it cost you to lose that promotion because you can’t handle the thought of the air commute?
Hypnotherapy for fear of flying
Hypnotherapy for fear of flying is a relaxing, gentle form of therapy that is completely natural and very safe.
Why not give it a try? Get in touch below to book your first session.
Lisa Murphy is a counsellor and hypnotherapist based in Glasgow who specialises in anxiety, anger management, and weight loss.