Flying Phobia?

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Flying Phobia

I can’t believe how quickly the last year has passed and that I am again writing about the fact that we are heading towards the main holiday season. The first thing I am going to have a look at this week is the flight – or more specifically, the fear of flying or flying phobia, which can affect many people’s enjoyment of flying.

There are a couple of things that could be extremely helpful in this situation.

Simple Anxiety

Firstly, to help with a simple anxiety of flying, my favourite thing to suggest is something called Theanine. We have found over the years that Theanine can just help to take the edge off anxiety and worry for many people. One girl in particular sticks out in my mind. She had suffered with an anxiety around flying for years. It had never stopped her going away, but she did struggle every year. We suggested that she try the Theanine to try and help reduce the sensations of anxiety and the thoughts that rushed through her head. She did so and came back in after her holiday to gleefully report that it had made a huge difference to her as she hadn’t had to spend that last few days of her holiday dreading the flight home! I would therefore say that for those who feel anxious about flying that Theanine could be a great thing to try.

Flying Phobia

There are those however who suffer from a real flying phobia. Just the idea of flying makes them almost have a panic attack and actually getting on the plane can be quite traumatic for them. The good news is that I have been having some great results for this, using a hypnotherapy technique called Rewind and Reframe. Already I have had a few people getting onto flights with no issues and one girl who tells me that I have helped her get on a plane for the first time in years, with her family and go on a fantastic holiday, something she had not been able to do before.

The way it works is this, at some point, your brain has identified a plane as a scary thing, something which threatens you. After that point, every time you put yourself into that position it send messages to you that you are under threat – leading to extreme feelings of anxiety and potentially panic attacks. What hypnotherapy can do is to disrupt this pattern – Rewinding it, this is usually done about a week and a half to two weeks before a flight. Following on from that we create a new pattern for your brain, a nice one – Reframing the pictures associated with flying. This is ideally done a day or so before you fly. This combination has been an extremely successful one for many people trying to deal with phobias and would offer a real solution to a flying phobia, to make a happier holiday. If you want more information on this please email me:
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