We are now in a position where we can (finally) book that holiday and fly again. Exciting news for some of us … ‘a trigger’ for that fear of flying for some others of us. If the thought of stepping foot on a plane is bothering you, I am going to look at 6 simple steps, that you can take, to reduce your fear of flying and take to the skies (with confidence) again!
1. COME FACE TO FACE WITH YOUR FEAR
The first thing that I recommend to anyone, is to come face to face with their fear. Stand tall, be bold, look your fear in the eye, and be brutally honest about what it is that scares you. The more specific that you can be, the easier it will be to work on your fear. Did you know, that when clients come to see me to remove their fear of flying, when we identify the specific route course of their fear, the phobia/fear can be removed really quickly? if this is something that you want to dive right into, you can book a free phone consultation with me here.
2. FOCUS ON THE SAFETY ASPECTS OF AN AEROPLANE
All too often we focus on what our subconscious mind tells us might go wrong, but did you know, planes are actually much safer than you think. Have a look into the safety aspects of an aeroplane, maybe contact the airline that you are flying with and ask them how your plane is designed to withstand emergencies.
3. FIND A SPACE ON THE PLANE THAT AVOIDS ANY TRIGGERS
Do you find that you are triggered if you can see the wing of the plane? Or perhaps you don’t like to feel claustrophobic and sitting by the queue of people waiting to use the toilet triggers this? Ask yourself if there are any triggers that spark your fear of flying and then speak to the airline or cabin crew and book a seat in a spot that avoids these triggers.
4. FLY WITH A FEAR OF FLYING TOOL KIT AND IF FEAR KICKS IN TAKE CONTROL AGAIN
You can grab my fear of flying kit here, that’s a good place t start and great travel companion to turn to if you find yourself being taken over by a fear of flying, And if you enter the code TAKE50 you get half off at check out.
Arming yourself with therapeutic techniques that will change you how think and feel is the fastest way to avoid a mid flight melt down.
5. CREATE AN ITINERARY FOR YOUR JOURNEY
Buy that cheesy paperback, take your ear pods and a play list that makes you feel wonderful. Pack your favourite snacks, and download your all time favourite movie. Create a plan of action for your journey so that you don’t have too much time on your hands to sit, looking around the plane, worrying.
6. FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY
There is a lot to be said about doing something, even if you are scared of it, and feeling a sense of achievement for doing it. Sometimes we put things off because we are waiting for the day when fear is gone completely but this is unrealistic. To some, extent SOME fear and anxiety is normal. Focus on your destination, not the journey, and get your mindset into a state where you think FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY.
I hope that these tips help you and don’t forget, there is a whole world out there waiting for you. Where in the world will your next flight take you?
Answers on a postcard.
Christopher Paul Jones.
Just “stumbled upon” (though the older I get the less I believe in “coincidences”) Christopher & glad I did because despite flying 30-40 (maybe more) times past 35ish yrs, the thought of being in a giant metal plane 35,000+ ft. from Earth
suddenly scares me enough to completely avoid it!! The timing of this fear was/is esp inconvenient since my Mom moved to FL 2yrs ago next month & has been begging me-in Boston- to come see the gorgeous new home w/pool my Stepdad & her built. I haven’t flown since my last vaca to Aruba almost 4yrs ago & nothing bad happened on those flights, so thinking my fear may be attributed to a series of traumatic losses I’ve experienced over past 4yrs, loss of control & feeling of helplessness that caused. I DO strongly believe however “knowledge is power” (sorry no clue who said it 1st but 1 of my fav quotes!) so may sign up for Christopher’s next Fear & Phobias webinar-cant hurt! …As a Hairstylist & Educator I’m WELL aware of the changes learning even just 1 new thing or idea can spark! Good luck to all others dealing w/this stuff! 😊