Mind Healing – Flying Without Fear
Understanding Your Fears of Flying
If flying makes you fearful, you are not alone.
Even those who fly frequently, on business or for pleasure, often feel highly anxious as they buckle their seat belts and listen to the engines starting up.
A fear of flying means experiencing powerful and persistent anxiety, not only when in the air but often at the mere prospect of doing so.
As a result, people with this fear will avoid flying whenever possible or only feel able to take to the air if they first sedate themselves. Either with a medically prescribed tranquilliser or with self prescribed alcohol.
In six out of ten cases, a fear of flying is liked to other fears, such as claustrophobia (being in a confined space): social or agoraphobia (fear of the presence of other people) or emetophobia (a fear of seeing people being sick).
Certain aspects of the flight, such as taking off, landing, bad weather, and turbulent are the most likely triggers for increased anxiety. It is estimated that up to 40% of people suffered from this problem to a greater or lesser extent.
If you are among them, you need no longer allow a fear of flying prevent you from flying or spoiling your enjoyment of the flight next time you do so. There are simple, practical steps you can take not merely to fly without fear but to enjoy every moment of your journey, from the moment you start planning the trip to the moment you touch down at your destination.
How fearful of flying are you?
Find out how fearful flying makes you by watching this short video of a take off from Gatwick.
As you do so imagine, as vividly as possible, being on that aircraft. In your mind’s eye picture yourself sitting by the window and looking out as the jet taxis onto the runway and speeds down it before lifting into the sky. Feel the sensations as the plane judders slightly during take off. Listen to the increasing road of the engines as they build to full thrust. Observe the landscape spreading below you as the jet lifts off. Notice as the ground disappears beneath the clouds before you emerge into the blue sky high above them. Observe if there are physical changes in your body. Does your mouth start to dry? Does your heart start to race? Do your palms begin to sweat? Is your mind filled with fearful thoughts about what could happen if anything goes wrong?
ADD FLYING QUIZ HERE
There are practical, non-scary, steps that will help remain calm while flying whether on business or pleasure. In my audio training programme Fly Without Fear I take you through every stage of a flight from arriving at the airport, through the take off and journey to the moment you land at your destination. You will be guided, in the safety and comfort of your own home to experience sensations not of distress or anxiety but relaxation and enjoyment.
Fly Without Fear
My ten step programme will help you understand your fears and offer practical, easy to implement, procedures for controlling them before, during and after a flight.
In Fly Without Fear I take you, in your imagination, through every stage of a flight from arriving at the airport, the take off and encountering turbulence, to the moment you land at your destination. Actors and sound effects help make your flight as realistic as possible.
In the safety and comfort of your own home, you will learn to experience sensations not of distress or anxiety while flying but of relaxed enjoyment.
“This is a journey in your imagination, with real life sounds from the airport and plane, and the reassuring voice of Dr Lewis as your companion…he explains why visualisation and mental and physical relaxation significantly reduce anxiety during a flight, especially through the control that this restores to your mind. The bonus section on rapid relaxation and visualisation would certainly be worth taking with you.” Tom Spence.
In the Fly Without Fear audio training programme download, I guide you through the ten steps of preparing for and taking a flight whether for business of pleasure. Gradually and easily you will master the skills needed to remain calm and confident from the moment you decide to fly to the time the aircraft lands at your destination. In this audio training programme, I guide you…
Step One: Understanding Your Fear of Flying.
Step Two: Mastering the Relaxing Breath.
Step Three: Preparing for Your Flight.
Step Four: Arriving at the Airport.
Step Five: Taking Your Seat in the Aircraft.
Step Six: Listening to the Safety Announcements.
Step Seven: The Take Off.
Step Eight: Flying High.
Step Nine: Coping with Turbulence.
Step Ten: The Landing
Bonus Section: Rapid Relaxation & Visualisation.