Millions of Americans will take to the skies to visit friends and family for Christmas, but it’s not going to be the “happiest time of the year” as the song says for many of them. That’s because travel anxiety – especially a fear of flying – is one of the most common anxiety issues today.
Combine that fear of flying with the crowds, the rush, the waiting, weather delays and the other stressors of the season, and some people become so overwhelmed they are unable to travel.
The good news is there are steps that can be taken to overcome fear of flying, and it doesn’t take long to do and can help even the most anxious traveler relax.
Why Hypnosis Works to Overcome Fear of Flying
Most people have heard of the “conscious” and “subconscious.”
The conscious mind is the director, or the decision maker. What we experience through our senses is filtered by the conscious mind and shaped into our sense of reality.
The subconscious is a little trickier. From the subconscious comes our urges, or our more primal motivations such as fear, joy and anger.
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The conscious mind acts as the gatekeeper of information, and tries to protect us by deciding what is a threat and what is safe. Occasionally events that are not truly a threat are misinterpreted as being very serious. We associate them with danger and develop severe anxiety and in some cases an avoidance response to them.
This is what often happens with travel anxiety.
One of the best ways to help someone overcome fear of flying and travel anxiety is to access the subconscious mind. However, as stated above, this can be difficult because the conscious mind acts as a gatekeeper making it difficult to reach the subconscious. Hypnosis allows us to bypass the conscious mind or the gatekeeper, and allows us direct access to the subconscious where change can begin to take place.
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Here are some simple self-hypnosis techniques that will penetrate deep into the subconscious and help fearful flyers relax:
4 Ways to Overcome Fear of Flying with Self-Hypnosis
1. Slow Your Breathing
When you’re anxious, you’ll find yourself breathing faster, shallower and from the chest. But once you