Is there any hope for the scaredest person in the country who's petrified of flying? :0(

Simon

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YES.  What help would you like?

Keith

You know Keith, I think I'm beyond help! Even looking at this website was a challenge lol just looking at what you have on here though, like minded people and all that :0)

no one is beyond help  and sure looking at this stuff will be challenging   but what task in life doesn't present a challenge?

We don't pull punches here, we say it as it is  there's no tree hugging and 'you'll be alright on the night' stuff here. For most people it's sheer guts determination and courage.

I don't think anyone has it easy ... everyone has their personal battle. we're in the front line for you.

Keith  

Morning Keith

Yeah it's a nice site with a personal feel to it, which is great. We'll done for helping others.

I feel mine is beyond a challenge tho. It's an extremely intense fear of flying I have. Never truly considered doing it before, it's that bad.

What are your thoughts on drug support to get one up up and away? I know friends have tried it in the past but a bit sketchy on their experiences....

SS

Let's work on it ... if we don't succeed, then at least you know to try something else

Keith 

Drugs are ok -ish but only to help.

It would be just a short term measure to think of them as the cure. But if you can get to feeling that you could fly and the drugs would help you over the last hurdle then go for it. But start with knowledge of aviation and yourself.

Tell me what your fears are.

Keith

Hi Keith

I would say my greatest fear is being trapped on the plane; I've always thought that is my greatest fear. From the moment I had booked a ticket I would be in a state of oanic, ending up with me being in a state of terror if I ever actually got on the plane and the doors are closed. Then I know my panic would escalate and that's a thought that puts in a place I wouldn't ever consider.. Along with this I have my health to consider. My adrenals and thyroid are not in the best shape.

So along with the fear of being in a steel coffin my main fear, I believe, is being trapped in a situation I couldn't get out of.

I've sure you've heard all this before?

It's fear of fear hey....

Cheers
Simon
The answer to your question Simon is YES. I Would have challenged you to your claim as the most frightened person in the country about 10 years ago. I wouldn't even talk about flying. Id go on detours so I wouldn't drive near airports. I missed holidays, my sisters wedding, got off a plane whilst it was sitting on the runway. But those days are gone. Im flying to Austria on Saturday to go skiing. This will be something like my 30th flight since I found this site and went on Keiths course. I have zero concerns about the flight. All I can think about is being on the slopes and a pleasant cold beer in the snow topped Alps. Its possible Simon. Everything is possible. You need to put the hard work in. My advice is take small steps, logging on to the site and posting on the forum is the first step. Congratulations. You are on the road forwards
We'll that's great for you! It's the greatest feeling in the world to get over a fear! I really believe that. I've not even entertained the thought of flying cause I know my fear is intense. I know all about fear as I've had it in various forms for most of my life. I've worked through some but public speaking and flying has always been a step too far. I hate it but know how intense it is for me :0( I can only think drugs could help me but don't know how to go about it....but yes, I totally agree: baby steps.

Cheers, simon

Jim said:
The answer to your question Simon is YES. I Would have challenged you to your claim as the most frightened person in the country about 10 years ago. I wouldn't even talk about flying. Id go on detours so I wouldn't drive near airports. I missed holidays, my sisters wedding, got off a plane whilst it was sitting on the runway. But those days are gone. Im flying to Austria on Saturday to go skiing. This will be something like my 30th flight since I found this site and went on Keiths course. I have zero concerns about the flight. All I can think about is being on the slopes and a pleasant cold beer in the snow topped Alps. Its possible Simon. Everything is possible. You need to put the hard work in. My advice is take small steps, logging on to the site and posting on the forum is the first step. Congratulations. You are on the road forwards

Totally agree with Jim, I know how far he has travelled in his effort to fly as I sat next to him at one of Keith's first courses .

Gather every bit of info about flying from this site, if you can attend one of Keith's courses -held in the fuselage of a real plane so very realistic with sound effects etc do so. Develop strategies to help you if not totally overcome your fear but to cope with and manage your fear. Life is too short to waste time worrying about all the "What ifs". The anticipatory thoughts and anxiety before a flight are usually worse than the flight itself. Deep breathing exercises help, Don't let this fear control your life -you have made the hardest step on your journey by admitting you have a fear of flying so well done- now set yourself your next step- Keith's course ? I am not on commission by the way but want others to share the knowledge etc I have learnt from him  about flying

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Hi Elizabeth, thanks for your reply.

I think first and foremost, we have to recognise my fears are mostly subconscious so I have little control over them. It takes over me and breathing deeper isn't going to do much to alay my terror. Lol

So what's this course all about then? Can you expand on what it involves, please?

Cheers
Simon



Elizabeth said:

Totally agree with Jim, I know how far he has travelled in his effort to fly as I sat next to him at one of Keith's first courses .

Gather every bit of info about flying from this site, if you can attend one of Keith's courses -held in the fuselage of a real plane so very realistic with sound effects etc do so. Develop strategies to help you if not totally overcome your fear but to cope with and manage your fear. Life is too short to waste time worrying about all the "What ifs". The anticipatory thoughts and anxiety before a flight are usually worse than the flight itself. Deep breathing exercises help, Don't let this fear control your life -you have made the hardest step on your journey by admitting you have a fear of flying so well done- now set yourself your next step- Keith's course ? I am not on commission by the way but want others to share the knowledge etc I have learnt from him  about flying

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Simon

Regardless of where the fears are they will have to be faced. The ones you mentioned in this sentence 

So along with the fear of being in a steel coffin my main fear, I believe, is being trapped in a situation I couldn't get out of.

are not subconscious so the first action should be to address these.

Keith

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