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Have you seen the flyingwithoutfear.com website?
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Which part of flying worries you most?
Claustrophobia, Panic attacks, Loss of control, Take off

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At 5:55pm on January 2, 2010, Captain Keith said…
Hi Miichael.. a very late but warm welcome to you and thanks for joining us. I hope you’ll enjoy the network and find it useful to you in overcoming your anxieties about flying. We don’t have rules with regard to posting stories, experiences and emotions about flying. We’re all here to help each other. Despite my 50 years in flying I can only support and give you the facts, the real help comes from people like you, sharing your feelings with like-minded people.
Talking about flying and sharing strategies is invaluable in overcoming your fear. Please feel free to ask me as many questions as you need, and if you don’t understand the answer or I’ve misunderstood you, keep on and on at me until I’ve answered your question. I’m here to help.
We’ve got a lot of help and information on our website (anxiousflyers.com) and our shop has all the help you’re ever likely to need (Book, CD, DVD, Guide, Audio Courses) .
Most people who suffer from a fear of flying think that tomorrow, next week or next month will be the best time to do something about their fear. May I suggest, and I know this as a result of helping people to overcome their fears, that you get on with it as soon as you can.
Don’t wait to do something ...do it now. Face your fear as soon as you can...there’s no better time than now even though you probably feel that you’re not ready yet.
The quicker you fix the problem the longer you’ll spend being free worrying thoughts rather than adding to them. Our promise is to help you to go flying, and within the realms of normality there’s nothing we won’t do to help you if we can.
Remember, I’m here to help
On our site anxiousflyers.com there’s a page that deals with the particular worries that you may have mentioned on the sign up page. When you’ve read that go to the START HERE page of the site to begin your journey to overcome your fear of flying.
I hope we’ll speak soon.
Captain Keith
At 8:20am on December 21, 2009, Elizabeth said…
The more one avoids something the more ones thoughts convince ourselves that something awful will happen e.g the fear of having a panic attack will become a self fulling prophecy and it becomes a vicious circle. The more we gear ourselved up to fear something or situation the greater the possibility there is of having a panic attack because our bodies are tense.
So my tips are to firstly change the negative thoughts with POSITIVE ones
A) change the way you think about flying -tell yourself" I can handle this" chant I CAN DO THIS in the weeks leading up to a flightReplace all negative thoughts with confidence boosting affirmations
B) Practise RELAXATION Techniques- learn how to breathe deeply-diaphraghmatic breathing really helps search the web for info.
C)arm yourself with information about flying so you know about the sensations associated with flying read and atch the videos on the main site
D)if you think it may help tell the cabin staff you are scared of flying
E develop your own strategy to help you cope- read up on the main web pages of this site
You may think what right has this person to write such things- well after 20+ years of not flying- (and wasting valuable time when I could have been exploring the world)I decided to Feel the Fear and do it anyway and hey -what I discovered is that flying is not as bad as I previously perceived it would be- my fears were about the fear of making a fool of myself if I started to panic because I had claustrophobic feelings. claustrophobia and agoraphobia are related (not being able to escape from crowded places etc) and I have just returned from a 9 hour flight along with over 400 people on board and I was fine.and I started flying on small twin turbo prop 'planes
Only you can decide to take the plunge and get on a plane. Are there short flights you could take perhaps one way with the option of return by train or road to acclimatise yourself to flying? . Hope some of my post helps you, regards, Elizabeth


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