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I would really love to be able to fly and not be thinking about my fate but rather be able to just think of it as a way to get from point A to point B and I am hopeful that this website will help me to conquer my fears once and for all.
Jill thank you for this very interesting and useful post.
Stories like this are an enormous encouragement to other people. You'll never know how many people this will help.
Overcoming your fear may be a long journey and there will be upsets on the way but when you are ready you'll be able to face your fears.
Taking off isn't as difficult to do as you would imagine. In fact I could teach you to do it in less than 45 minutes in the flight simulator. Turbulence is unsettling and uncomfortable but that doesn't make it dangerous. Make sure your seat belt is as tight as you can bear it. But of course that won't stop your tummy floating around !!
The truth is that only you can fix your fear, I can only help you, it's your fear not mine BUT we're here to help and support you every inch of the way. And we will.
Hi Jill, I used to fly without any fear when I was younger but since about 15 years of age I became scared and with each flight I would get worse and worse. To the point that last year I didn't get on a flight. But this year I have managed to get onto two return flights and I am flying again on the 20th. It is a scary experience for me but I am so happy that at least I managed to get on the flights. Hopefully it will get better from now on. I completely agree that it's how we react to circumstances is important. It's usually never the situation but how we react to it. A lot of things that helped me was learning to stay in the present moment and repeat things like 'turbulence is uncomfortable but it is safe'.
I also always thought that flying was safe unless it was my flight. As if I was cursed. I am still struggling with thoughts like this but I am learning to differentiate between possibility and probability which seems to be a big problem for me.
I'm sure you will find a lot of great information and support in this community :)