Overcome the fear of flying: How hypnotherapy can help

Fear is a natural and healthy part of life, helping to keep us safe from harm. However, when fear becomes overwhelming and irrational, it can severely impact our quality of life. One such fear/phobia that many people struggle with is the fear of flying, also known as aviophobia, aerophobia, plane phobia, flying phobia or fear of planes, to name a few. This debilitating anxiety can prevent individuals from travelling, visiting loved ones, or even taking up new job opportunities that require air travel.


Do you want to overcome the fear of flying? 

Fortunately, there are effective techniques, namely the rewind and reframe method, to help individuals overcome their fear/phobia of flying.

The impact of fear/phobia of flying

A fear/phobia of flying can hold you back in numerous ways. Avoiding air travel might mean missing out on:

  • Family events - Weddings, reunions, or holidays with loved ones that require flying.
  • Career opportunities - Job roles, conferences, or business trips that involve air travel/flying.
  • Leisure travel - Exploring new destinations, cultures, and experiences.

Questions to reflect on:

  • Do you avoid activities or events because of your fear/phobia of flying?
  • Do you feel like you are missing out due to your fear/phobia of flying?
  • Does even thinking about flying make you uncomfortable?
  • Have you wondered what life could be like without this fear/phobia?

If these questions resonate with you, it’s time to explore how you can overcome your fear/phobia of flying and start living a fuller, more confident life.

Why do I have a fear of flying when others don't?

The fear of flying originates from negative patterns stored in your subconscious mind. This fear isn't innate; it's a learned response stemming from misconceptions about air travel.

You might have acquired this phobia from family, friends, or colleagues, or it could have been sparked by a traumatic experience. This anxiety is deeply ingrained, causing feelings of fear and stress whenever flying is mentioned.

The problem is that the more we focus on this fear, the stronger it becomes in our anxious mind. This irrational part of the mind exacerbates worries about every aspect of flying.

Overcoming your fear of flying

The positive news is that you can overcome your fear of flying. You don't have to be held back by these anxieties. Hypnotherapy, for instance, can be a highly effective tool in helping you conquer this fear relatively quickly - in sometimes as little as three sessions.

This method can help you feel more at ease and calm from the moment you book your flight until you safely land at your destination.

With this newfound confidence, you'll be able to enjoy travelling again and freely explore new, distant destinations! 

The rewind technique: Releasing the phobia

The rewind technique (an NLP technique) is a powerful method for addressing phobias. This technique helps reprocess the traumatic memory associated with the fear of flying in a safe and controlled environment.

The science behind the rewind technique

The rewind technique leverages the brain's natural ability to reprocess memories. It works by:

  • Creating a safe space: Under hypnosis, the client is guided to a deeply relaxed state, ensuring they feel safe and in control.
  • Desensitisation: The client is then asked to visualise the feared situation (e.g., flying) as if watching a movie, and then in reverse a number of times, which helps to reduce the impact and intensity.
  • Reprocessing the memory: By repeatedly visualising the event in a detached manner, the brain reprocesses the memory, reducing its emotional charge.

Studies have shown that this method can effectively reduce the intensity of phobias by altering the way the brain stores and recalls the traumatic memory.

The reframe technique: Installing new positive behaviours

Following the rewind technique, the reframe technique helps to solidify the changes and build new, positive behaviours and habits.

The science behind the reframe technique

The reframe technique works by:

  • Positive visualisation: Under hypnosis, clients visualise themselves handling flying with calm and confidence. This helps to create a new mental script.
  • Behavioural conditioning: By repeatedly visualising positive outcomes, new neural pathways are formed, promoting confident behaviours.

Neuroscience supports the effectiveness of this technique, showing that repeated positive visualisation can lead to significant changes in the brain’s neural pathways, making new, desired behaviours more automatic.

The future without fear

Imagine a life where the fear/phobia of flying no longer holds you back. You can travel the world, seize new opportunities, and reconnect with distant family and friends.  By overcoming this, you open doors to experiences and possibilities that were once out of reach.

Ready to take the first step?

Are you ready to let go of your fear/phobia and be in control, living the life you deserve?

Take the first step towards conquering your fear of flying with a free initial consultation/discovery session, available both face-to-face (Oxfordshire) and online. This can be booked directly from my website which you can find by visiting my profile. Together, we can pave the way to a more liberated, adventurous you.

Hypnotherapy is a powerful tool that can unlock your brain's potential for positive transformation, helping you to overcome anxiety and embrace air travel with confidence. Imagine the freedom and opportunities that await you once you've shed this fear.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Hypnotherapy Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25
Written by Andrew Selway-Woolley, BSc (Hons), HPD, NCH, AfSFH, CNHC - Bicester Hypnotherapist
Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX25

Andy Selway-Woolley is an Oxfordshire based (& online), Clinical Solution Focused Hypnotherapist.

I assist people regain control of their life and improve their mental health, by retraining their brain to overcome limiting negative thought patterns, master their emotions for a more positive, happier and fulfilling life. Book a FREE Consultation.

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