Aviophobia: Causes and Remedies
If you had told people some centuries ago that one day we would be able to fly over mountains, over the sea, to reach a destination, they would have laughed at you straight out. Indeed, who could have thought that one day there would be a sort of machine allowing one to fly?
And yet, there are hundreds of airplanes in operation around the world and flying has become quite a standard and routine way of traveling nowadays. However, some people still feel nervous to fly; they would instead move by trains or boats or cars. They are experiencing aviophobia, the fear of flying.
Fear of flying is a severe problem for those suffering from it. It can render their life difficult and is restrictive in so many ways, affecting where they go on holidays or even their careers if they have to meet a client abroad.
People who have aviophobia get panic-stricken upon entering a plane and fear that they may suffer from an attack. Many do get a panic attack brain during the flight.
Other symptoms include:
- Heavy breathing
- Muscle tension
A fear of flying can be developed due to a previous bad experience. It can be that the plane had undergone turbulence, or one had felt sick when traveling. This lousy expertise may leave the person feeling that he doesn’t want to fly by plane ever again.
Some people are scared of enclosed spaces; the name given to this type of fear is claustrophobia. The thought of being shut in a plane for many hours make them panic.
A flying phobia can also occur upon hearing about plane disasters through media, friends, and relatives. These amplify one’s fear of traveling by plane.
People also get nervous when flying over water, over the mountains. Being scared of heights is another factor leading to being terrified of being in an airplane.
Relaxation techniques such as listening to music, doing meditation and reading can alleviate fears. These regulate breathing by creating a soothing effect and help divert the mind elsewhere.
Medication can be used. However, the medicines only allow the pain to be subsided for a short while and can cause undesirable side effects.
Talking about your fears helps reduce it. Some doctors employ hypnosis to determine the exact period when one began to experience flying phobia and also the event leading to it. Visiting the airport and a motionless plane helps to get familiar with the flight and environment.
Doctors also employ the use of simulation and virtual games to enable the person to feel like they are flying.
The flying phobia may be very difficult to live with, but many people have been able to get over it. Why not you? With the right techniques and patience, aided by time, the fear will become slipway gradually.