Fear Of Flying Cure: Does Mindfulness Really Work?
Fear of Flying – mindfulness and the digital age
Fear of flying is a stress-inducing condition that’s common for many people, for a variety of reasons. Traveling on a plane is a complicated and often stressful experience, and sometimes, it’s just not worth it.
In our world, in which we can get virtually anything with a click of a button, information is omnipresent and easily accessible. But when it comes to conquering our fears, the opposite is true. It’s time to establish what works and what doesn’t. Enter the digital age of fear of flying, filled with a large selection of self-help methods.
Are you the kind of person who benefits from mindfulness?
The first thing you should do is to figure out whether mindfulness is even the right tool for you. That’s a good question to ask yourself, because it’s certainly not the right approach for everyone, and more importantly, it’s not a cure-all treatment.
Mindfulness as an exercise in self-awareness and self-acceptance
Mindfulness is about much more than simply breathing deeply. It’s about being present in the moment and observing thoughts, feelings and sensations without judgment or criticism. It’s about accepting what is rather than fighting against it, or wishing things were different.
All of us have fears of some kind; we all have things we’re uncomfortable with or don’t understand. We are all human beings with flaws, weaknesses and fears that need to be addressed if we want to live happier lives.
WHY MINDFULNESS MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT TOOL TO CONQUER YOUR FEAR OF FLYING
Mindfulness is a great tool for a lot of things, but it is not the right approach for everyone. There are a few reasons why you might want to consider other methods of conquering your fear of flying.
Mindfulness can be too passive for some people.
Some people want to take more active steps to overcome their fears, and that’s fine! But mindfulness isn’t going to get you very far if you’re looking for something more immediate and hands-on.
Mindfulness is not suitable to people who are very action-oriented and need to see immediate results, or those with a sense of urgency who want to enjoy their flight without medication or alcohol.
Mindfulness is more about acceptance than action — so if you’re in the mood for some fast treatment, mindfulness might not be for you.
Mindfulness and The Meraki Way process
Mindfulness is the state of being aware of your thoughts and feelings without judging them. When you’re in a mindful state, you’re open to new experiences and you see them as opportunities to learn and grow.
The first step of the Meraki process teaches you how to observe your fear in your body and mind, this is called CLEAR. The second step teaches your body and mind how to live an experience of flying completely relaxed as if it were a new experience- only that this is perceived by all three aspects (mind, heart, spirit) in a natural way. This stage is called CONCEIVE. The third step allows you to practically live an experience of flying by organizing a trip for you to test these learnings- and finally enjoy not only your flight but life as well! This step is called CREATE.
Take away tips
Here are a few tips for overcoming your fear of flying:
- Find a new way of looking at the experience, be it a different airport, a new airline, or a new flight.
- Choose your fear. Do you fear crashing? Do you fear the unknown? Do you love the freedom you get from traveling and want to keep doing it?
- Talk to a friend and ask them to come with you, even if you’re going alone.
- Even small steps are helpful, like pre-boarding the plane, sitting in the back and being open to new experiences.
- Get help from a professional, like a specialized coach or healer who specifically works with anxiety.
- If you’re in a relationship with someone who’s afraid of flying, see if there’s a way you can help each other overcome your fears.
- Remember that life is short, and you need to make the most of it.
- Contact me for a 15-minute free consultation to explore how we can work together towards your goals.
About the author
Patricia Gozlan is a master practitioner and trainer in NLP, as well as an energy psychology expert. Her Meraki Way process focuses on methods and tools that help her clients overcome their fears, blocks, and phobias quickly with long term results.She has an efficient 3-step process that professionals with urgency can apply to let go of fear and travel for business.She also enjoys working with women in their forties who want to heal from a break up and dance with love again.