While many people are planning to jet-off for their Summer holiday later in the year, for those who feel anxious simply at the thought of boarding an aircraft, the prospect of joining friends or family may well feel overwhelming. Therapeutic support to overcome a fear of flying is available at The Conway Practice in Harley Street.* Hypnotherapy sessions with Jonathan Conway can take place face-to-face, or remotely by Skype, Zoom or telephone, if you find this more convenient.* Understanding the emotional prompts to this common phobic reaction will help you to recognise the associations which can be embedded in the subconscious mind, relating to various factors.*
One significant trigger is the feeling that you have a lack of control over the situation. Flying involves surrendering control to the pilot and the aircraft, which can be unsettling for anyone who prefers to be in command of their circumstances and surroundings. The inability to influence the outcome of the flight can induce panic and fear in those who are afraid of the unknown or unforeseen events. An awareness of having no option to escape from the confined space often relates to claustrophobia, amplifying feelings of vulnerability and heightening anxiety.
Media influence also plays a role in triggering a fear of flying. Dramatic portrayals of aeroplane accidents or incidents in movies, news and documentaries can contribute to a heightened sense of fear. Graphic depictions of emergencies, crashes, or turbulent flights can leave a lasting impact on your perceptions of air travel, instilling a sense of dread and apprehension.
Additionally, personal experiences or traumatic events related to flying can contribute to the development or exacerbation of a flying phobia. Turbulence, emergency landings, or even witnessing others express fear during a flight can leave lasting impressions which associate air travel with negative emotions, intensifying your sense of discomfort.
Therapeutic intervention with hypnosis explores the origin of your fears holistically while you are deeply relaxed and your non-conscious mind is receptive to guidance, enabling you to re-frame negative thoughts and beliefs.* New coping mechanisms can be introduced together with relaxation and distraction techniques.* Hypnotherapy is a safe and tranquil experience, similar to a pleasant daydream state of mind, where you remain in control throughout the session.*
Understanding and addressing these subconscious triggers responsible for your fear of flying can help you to finally overcome your phobia and freely enjoy the benefits of air travel.