Anxiety Need Not Be A Life Sentence 6 –Fear of Flying
As a Holistic energy practitioner I have had an awareness of the many clients and friends I have seen with ‘anxiety’ in many forms and recently I have been working on a ‘free’ anxiety program’ to allow those with ‘anxiety to take back control of their lives. I will be offering a series of ‘blog’ posts on the differing identified areas or types of anxieties prior to the release of this program called The 7 Steps to Freedom so that if you or someone you love suffers from this often debilitating condition then you know that help is at hand
Is it Anxiety? My family have always been excessive worriers; maybe that’s what’s wrong with me?
Anxiety can be either a short term or a long term state of being. It may present as a concern or a worry about a specific circumstance in your life for example, a job interview, a test or an exam, or simply doing something with which you are not familiar.
In the long term anxiety can have a much more profound effect on your body and the symptoms or the frequency of the symptoms that you experience may be much more profound, and in these instances it can literally take over a person’s life due to its frequency or the debilitating effects that it produces.
I am going to talk about the different types of anxieties in this series of short blog posts and share with you some of the symptoms that are associated with the differing forms of anxieties and related ‘phobias’.
In Fear of Flying Anxiety can be classified as a disorder or a phobia when the symptoms of that anxiety become longstanding or ‘chronic’ and have an effect on our daily lives and our ability to function in our everyday life
We are told that many anxiety sufferers with a Fear of Flying can have;
- A fearof being on an airplane or other flying vehicle, such as a helicopter, while in flight. This is also referred to as flying phobia, flight phobia, and aviophobia
- Claustrophobia,a phobia of being restricted, confined, or unable to escape, this is very common in people disliking lifts and other confined spaces, especially those without natural light or a way of removing oneself easily from that space such as that of an aircraft cabin
- Acrophobiaan anxiety or dread of being at a great height, in some instances a ‘great height can be as simple as standing on a chair.
- Agoraphobia, especially the type that has to do with having a panic attack in a place they cannot escape from
- Fear of crashing, which most likely results in death, is the most common reason for the fear of flying.
- A feeling of not being in control
- Fear of vomiting, where a person will be afraid that they’ll have motion sicknesson board, or encounter someone having motion sickness and have no control over it, such as escaping from it or of being embarrassed by it
- Fear of hijackingor terrorism
Fear of flying may be a distinct phobia in itself, or it may be an indirect combination of one or more other disorders including anxieties and phobia. It is a symptom rather than a disease, and different causes may bring it about in different individuals.
The anxiety or phobia of fear of Flying receives more attention than most other anxieties and phobias because air travel is often difficult for people to avoid
- especially in professional or business contexts where it can cripple the career of a businessperson by preventing them from traveling on work-related business
- It is a commonly recognized and discussed fear or phobia affecting a significant minority of the population.
- For some people the fear of an inability to maintain emotional control when aloft may prevent a person from going on holidays or vacations, visiting family and friends
- May have an effect on the offspring or children of the person with the fear or phobia due to learned or transferred behaviors.
Some of the symptoms of fear of flying may range from mild to severe and be upsetting enough to make the individual feel ill, uncomfortable, out of control and helpless.
- Muscle tension or tremors especially in the head and shoulders, back hands and legs
- Physical weaknesses as in feeling as if you have not got the energy to do something or that your legs do not want to hold you up for example
- Heavy or labored breathing, or shortness of breath or feeling as if you cannot take a deep breath
- Heart palpitations or feelings of your heart fluttering which may be accompanied by shortness of breath and sometimes chest pain
- Sweaty hands or breaking out into a sweat, weakness, dizziness, prickly sensations, dry mouth, flushed or pale face
- Upset stomach as in feeling heavy or nauseous in the stomach including abdominal and intestinal, and may lead to reflux or vomiting
- Constant worrying even when you know that there is not anything to worry about , this can create an inability to relax this can relate to being constantly tense or on edge
- Poor concentration or an inability to quieten the mind
- A greater concern with what ‘might happen’ rather than with what is actually happening
- Poor memory or poor short term memory
- Fear or confusion, these can be either one or both and may fluctuate
*If in doubt that your symptoms are more than ‘anxiety’ please seek the appropriate medical advice.
Anxieties, anxiety disorders and phobia’s fall into a series of separate categories or diagnoses depending on the individual symptoms and the severity of the levels of anxiety the person is experiencing. The broad overview of the types of anxiety disorders I will be discussing in this series on anxieties includes.
3 OCD- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
4 Social Anxieties
5 Anxieties and phobias
6 Fear of flying’
7 Fears of things that walk crawl run or fly e.g. Birds, Moths, Spiders, and Cats.
8 Separation anxiety
9 Performance anxiety
10 Fear of Failure exams
11 Fear of Failure Business
12 Fear of death or dying
13 GAD general anxiety disorder
14 Post Natal Depression
15 Panic attacks
16 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
In support of the ‘Free’ 7 Steps to Freedom program I have started a FB Community called Anxiety Need Not Be A Life Sentence at the link below. If this resonates with you I would invite you to please join us and be a part of this supportive community or to share the information with those to whom it may be of assistance
Peace Love and Light