Feel Calm And Overcome Your Fear Of Flying
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Feel Calm And Overcome Your Fear Of Flying

Feel really peaceful about flying, whatever your feelings about it are now and even look forward to being on a flight.
4.4 (8 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Last updated 8/2015
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What Will I Learn?
  • Fly with calmness and confidence. Undo any trauma tied up with flying.
  • Manage your thoughts and emotions and change how you feel about flying in the future.
  • You will be able to use the techniques I teach you when thinking about flying, travelling to the airport, being at the airport, boarding the plane, taking-off and landing and whilst flying through the air.
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  • Find somewhere comfortable to sit where you can safely close your eyes

The course is for anyone who has a fear, phobia or high anxiety about flying and wants to feel calmer. The course is in four parts which can be used independently on different days or run as one continuous piece. Each part can be watched as many times as needed. Because I believe you deserve the very best help these sessions are in-depth - the same way I would run a session if you were coming to see me but for a fraction of the cost.

I'll explain what has been happening in your mind and how to undo any fears and trauma. I'll give you lots of techniques to use whenever you think about flying and when you're on a plane.

My own experience of a fear of flying means I fully understand what you've been feeling and I know too how you can be free to join me in now looking forward to and enjoying flights.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who has a fear of flying, whether it’s from a one-off incident or a generalised fear, if you feel anxious with just the thought of flying or have anxiety attacks whilst in the air .
  • This course is for adults, or can be used by children with adult supervision.
  • It is not for anyone with a severe mental illness such as schizophrenia who would benefit from more personal help.
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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
Introduction: Feeling Calm About Flying
10 Lectures 01:17:36

Welcome to the first part of Feeling Calm about Flying. I'm delighted that I'm going to be able to help you.

I know what it feels like to have extreme anxiety about flying and how wonderful it feels to overcome it.

Whether you've been refusing to get on a plane or manage to and then spend the whole journey as a wreck then my aim is to help you feel very calm about the whole journey from booking a flight to take-off, landing and being up in the air.

Preview 00:32

You may well logically know that you'll be fine but we're not dealing with the logical part of the brain. A phobia or severe fear is a high anxiety response to an object, situation, or thought. It's a survival mechanism gone wrong. And it has nothing to do with the thinking, rational part of the brain.

Unconscious or emotional learning takes place to keep us safe.

To develop a deep fear or phobia, all you need is a high anxiety state paired with an object or situation.

You can also generate a phobia through the misuse of the imagination. Children often get phobias this way, or by seeing a phobic parent. And if you've read something or heard someone else talking about something that happened during a flight this could have been enough to have started this anxiety.

Preview 03:53

When we're in Fight, Flight or Freeze our bodies are programmed to respond to save our lives on a deeply unconscious level. You may have wondered why your legs shake or you feel sick and I'll explain what is happening and why. During this session I'll talk about how our state of mind affects our physical well-being and how we can begin to change how we feel.

Preview 06:14

When you're watching or listening to these sessions you need to be in a place where you don't need to concentrate on anything else, so not whilst you're driving or operating any machinery.

Make yourself comfortable somewhere where you can begin to relax, switch off your phone and begin to become aware of your breathing.

Getting Ready For Your Sessions

When we're in a state of anxiety we often breathe in a shallow, quick way or end up holding our breath. This sends signals to our brains that there is a problem and makes us feel more anxious. To change how we feel a good place to start is with our breathing.

Allow the out breath to be longer than the in breath, so breathing in for the count of 7 and out for 11. What this does is it lets the mind know that it's fine to calm down. You can help to lead how you feel by the way you breathe.

So do a few breaths like that, making the out breath longer and then let the breathing return to normal.

Calming Breathing Exercises To Relax You

Ask yourself these questions:

How will you feel and how will your life be different when you feel calm and even excited about flying?

What will be different?

What will you be doing more of? Or less of?

Who will notice first that you're completely fine about flying?

How will you feel about yourself when you know you can easily pop on a plane somewhere?

Spend a few moments thinking about who you will be then and tell yourself out loud or in your head. And while you're doing that do a few more of the calm breaths.

Using Solution-Focused Questioning To Imagine And Create How You Want To Feel

When we're feeling scared or anxious we're nearly always playing pictures or movies in our heads of that scary thing happening. If you think about flying then what you're seeing in your head probably isn't very nice.

You're probably playing a horror movie or re-living something that's happened or you've heard about. It's like drawing a terrifying picture and then seeing it as if it's real.

And at the same time you may well be physically feeling that anxiety. It may be like butterflies or a churning in your stomach. or your heart rushing up into your mouth.

Whatever is happening, when you reverse it or change it you will change the way you feel.

Let's play with both of these things now.

Mastering The Pictures We Play In Our Minds

Clock for a moment how you physically feel when you think about flying. Notice where you feel it in your body. I'll teach you how to feel better.

Managing Our Feelings In Times Of Anxiety

ETF is like accupucture without the needles and can change the way you view and feel about flying. During this session I'll take you through some basic EFT which you can use in your day to day life to relieve anxiety.

Freeing Your Mind With The Emotional Freedom Technique

A quick recap on the things we've gone through in this session, and some home work for you to practice.

A Recap On Section 1
Overcoming your mind's fear of flying
3 Lectures 49:08

A reminder of what we've covered in the first section of this course and a quick summary of where we're going next.

Introduction To Section 2

The next section is around 40 minutes long. It's this length so we can get you into a relaxed state and it's important to make sure you have the time and space to do it all at once. This quick video gives you some tips before we start.

Introduction To The Rewind Hypnosis Technique

It may be that you've had a specific incident or heard or seen something that started the fear of flying. Or it may be more than one event that's been triggering the feelings. Whichever it is give the memory a name. It needs to be something that won't trigger you to go back into it so don't be too specific. So maybe something like the Tuesday memory or the Spain memory. Something that you'll know what we're talking about but doesn't take you back into all the detail.

And scale it with 10 being a full-blown scary memory and 1 being something you know happened but it doesn't bother you. Make a mental note of that number or write it down.

The Rewind Hypnosis Technique
Tools to help you feel calmer about flying
4 Lectures 21:48

In this introduction to section 3 we'll look at some tools you can use to help with the anxiety that often comes with flying.

Introduction To Section 3

I'm going to show you something else now to help you called the Havening technique. It was created by Ronald Ruden and is used by Paul McKenna.

These movements create a chemical reaction in the brain which undoes and breaks down the negativity. It disconnects the thought from the feeling.

Using Havening To Calm Our Minds

Bring back to mind any times in your life when you felt calm or peaceful.

These could be times like being in a warm bubble bath or lying on a beach listening to the waves or just before you fell into a beautiful sleep. Or a time in your life when you suddenly felt calm even if chaos was all around you. Or a time when you just knew everything was going to be fine.

You're going to create a physical anchor with your hands. This could be palms together, fists...

Pick a few times or even if you can't bring them to mind just imagine times in the future when you will feel calm.

Close your eyes and bring to mind one of those times ....

Anchoring Techniques That Remind Us Of Positive Times

A quick recap on the things we've gone through in this session, and some home work for you to practice.

A Recap On Section 3
3 Lectures 23:03

Welcome to part four of Feeling Calm about Flying.

You can watch and listen to this while you're getting ready to get on a plane or sitting on the plane once the safety announcements have finished. Or anytime beforehand.

Introduction To Section 4

This video and downloadable audio can be used before and during a flight to remind you of everything you've learnt during this course, and to put you into a calm state of mind.

Relaxation For Before And During A Flight

A huge thank you for taking my course. I'd love to hear your stories and get feedback on how I can make things better for you.

About the Instructor
Pippa Shay
4.4 Average rating
8 Reviews
25 Students
1 Course
Solution-focused psychotherapist, hypnotherapist, NLP Master

I'm Pippa Shay, BA (Hons), DipHypPsyc, a solution-focused psychotherapist and hypnotherapist. I'm a therapist, mentor and coach and member of The Hypnotherapy Association as well as an NLP Master and EFT practitioner.

I also have a background with the BBC having produced and presented on the radio for many years.

My passion is helping people overcome the things that get in the way of living their lives and I specialise in trauma, phobias and anxiety.

I'm frequently invited to appear on tv and radio as a trauma and phobia expert.

I also have first-hand experience of a fear of flying. For several years I refused to get on a plane after watching the events of 9/11 unfold and would travel abroad by any other means. I know the difficulties that this can bring and how much it affects not only your life but those around you.

And because I cured myself, I also know how it feels when you become free of this old fear and can even look forward to flying.

My aim is for you to feel very calm about anything to do with flying and to even look forward to it with a sense of excitement.

I'm really looking forward to working with you.

James Freeman-Gray
4.4 Average rating
8 Reviews
25 Students
1 Course
Communication specialist

Passionate about helping people achieve their potential and overcome obstacles in their way. A background in communication and experience in helping start-ups excel.