Travel can be a worry at the best of times. There is so much unknown when it comes to travel. Will the flight, boat or train be on time, will your accommodation be easy to find, will you get to where you need to go to in good time, will you meet your connecting flights, will the hotel be good, will the food be nice, will the weather be ok etc etc. There is so much to think about even for a non-anxious person.
One of the biggest fears when it comes to travel is flying. This is usually due to a lack of control. There are many aspects of our lives we can control but this is not one but interestingly many people that have a fear of flying have a fear of having a panic attack. Often they have never had a panic attack but the fear is there because they feel it is a possibility. Because you cannot leave a plane mid-flight (well, not unless you want to jump) that fear is heightened because you know if you did have a panic attack you would have no where to go. You feel in a completely helpless and hopeless situation.
Very often an upsetting or frightening experience can trigger this process of travel anxiety and then as you run it over and over in your mind it escalates and the fear becomes worse often to the point of backing out of holidays and other trips. Of the news is unhelpful as of course they only tend to report bad news such as crashed planes, missing planes, bombs, etc. They don’t report all the planes that did make it to do their destinations and all the lovely people there to greet you and fantastic hotels etc.
The build up to the trip can result in huge amounts of stress and worry as you run over the possibilities in your mind. You think about the worst case scenarios because subconsciously you want to know that you can cope with these events, should they arise. Of course the likelihood of your fears developing into reality is miniscule but this doesn’t stop you worrying. Consciously you know these fears are irrational but you still cannot stop them because these fears and anxiety are locked into your subconscious mind. This is where hypnotherapy is a great tool because it relaxes the conscious mind allowing access into the subconscious mind to make your ‘travel programme’ run in a calmer way.
Hypnotherapy can be used to combat fear of travel on a general level or specific travel issues such as fear of flying. At Hypnotherapy & Holistic Health in Guernsey, this is one of the areas I help people to overcome travel anxieties and fear using hypnotherapy and other techniques.
ANN BOWDITCH is a member and trainer registered on the General Hypnotherapy Register and uses her skills to help people overcome many issues including stress, weight loss, cravings, addictions, anxiety, depression, insomnia, bullying and confidence issues. Ann works in a unique way often by combining therapies tailoring sessions specifically for the individual.