Overcome your Fear of Flying

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Scared of flying. Anxious about getting on a plane?

Polls have shown that around 10 percent of people, have to some degree, a fear of flying or aerophobia - a fear of being on an aeroplane or helicopter whilst in flight.

Perhaps just the thought of getting on a plane causes you to feel anxious, your heart to race, nauseous feelings and rapid breathing. Some people even take to using strong sedatives to knock themselves out to make sure they are asleep for most of the flight.

You’re probably even aware that you are under threat purely by your own imagination and know that you are far more likely to die in a car accident than a plane crash. However, this fact rarely makes any difference to someone suffering with a fear of flying or aerophobia.

Common Causes of a Fear of Flying

Fear of flying is triggered by a range of things and is different for different people. Often it is a learnt response from parents or can be caused by a number of different issues which may have nothing to do with flying at all.

For example:


A fear of confined or small spaces, claustrophobia, is derived from a word meaning “fear of being closed in. You're usual option might be to escape but you can't do that on a plane.



A fear of heights. For those who suffer from acrophobia, planes can be a challenge. Some people with this fear of heights will avoid looking down as much at possible while on the plane to make it more bearable for themselves.


Fear of having a Panic Attack

Perhaps you dread your anxiety immobilising you, preventing you from taking any constructive steps to reduce your worry.


Fear of Vomiting

If you have a fear of vomit, it can be difficult to stomach the idea that either yourself or someone else will inevitably get sick on board.

Or it could be a fear of an external loss of control, of a storm, or of something happening to the aircraft which you have no control over.

If you have suffered an incident or even read about one, your ability to operate your “fight or flight” response may have become so connected to your emotions, beliefs and memories that your mind has become conditioned to inform you that you are in danger.

When you have had a flying incident or trauma, you can expect ​your mind to want to warn you of potential danger in the future. It will readily protest against any new data you present it with that might disagree with what you have seen, or believe, from the incident that previously occurred. Consequently, your mind becomes anxious and on high alert even when your current situation is not threatening.


Can You Help a Fear of Flying?

It’s often difficult to separate your anxiety from real danger because your body has begun to react in exactly the same way to both. However, many people have recovered from their flying phobia so they begin to enjoy a relaxing, calm flight through hypnotherapy sessions.

Hypnotherapy for aerophobia can help you to relax so you can find out what triggers the fear in your subconscious mind. Depending on your individual triggers, Hypnosis can then help you learn to set up new patterns of behaving and responding so you reprogramming your mind so you start to enjoy flying and are no longer anxious.

It wont matter if you can’t remember the initial trigger, as we will be working with your unconscious mind which will recall this information.  It may even become a positive experience.

So instead of dreading what might happen, you begin to actually look forward to your trip and start to focus on all the positive aspects of the flight and the purpose of the journey

Hypnosis is a little bit like daydreaming. You are aware of what is happening but your mind also drifts off. Most clients find the experience enlightening and are usually very relaxed.

Fear of Flying Tips

Obviously in order to change these associations it would be beneficial for you to have a one to one session. If that isn’t possible here are tips, which although won't take away your trigger might help reduce your anxiety helping you remain calmer on the way:

  • Drink Lots of Water

    Drink lots of water, before and during the flight, to avoid dehydration. Try to avoid caffeine and coffee if you know you are prone to panic attacks as they can make your symptoms worse.

  • Focus on the Flight Destination

    Think about why are you going on this flight and what you are looking forward to doing when you get there. If you have a positive outcome or destination you can focus on that when you mind begins to wander.

  • Deep Breathing

    Make sure that you take deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth, when you find you are anxious or hallow breathing. Otherwise it will potentially lead to a full-blown panic attack and hyperventilation. If you start to think about your fear, focus on your breathing again until you become calmer.

  • Distractions for the Flight

    Being distracted on the flight will help. Have a playlist of music you enjoy, a good book to read, or watch a video. If you are engrossed in something then the sounds or turbulence won’t distract you as much.

Don’t let you fear begin to limit your holiday options, career, or social life. If you flying anxiety is taking over and stopping you achieving what you want to do.

Find out more about how hypnosis could change your fear of flying so you can take to the skies in a new more enjoyable way. Freeing yourself of your phobia will change your life and you’ve already taken the first step.

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Thank you so much for the session Jo, it really helped me prepare for my flight and enjoy my holiday. I listened to the mp3 on the way to the airport and felt really good on the plane. On the way back I didn’t listen to anything but throughout the flight felt in control. Highly recommend- thanks again! LS

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