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Top Tips: How to Overcome a Fear of Flying | Fear of Flying Tips – Allen Carr’s Easyway

Written by | Last Updated 02 November 2019

Reviewed by Colleen Dwyer

Many people think Allen Carr’s Easyway is simply a series of tips on how to handle a phobia or addiction. It isn’t. People with a fear of flying are lost in a maze. They want to get out of it but they don’t know which route will take them to freedom.

Allen Carr’s Easyway method provides a map of the maze along with simple guidance and instructions to help someone with a fear of flying deal with that fear and, as hard as this might be to believe, enjoy (or at least not mind) flying.

However, if you try to follow the instructions without first understanding the map, or you fail to follow all the instructions, you may never find the exit from the ‘fear of flying maze’. Once you’ve got it clearly into your mind that it’s OK to be fearful and that understanding what’s caused the fear, and how to see flying as it really is (which takes around 3 hours with Allen Carr’s Easyway programme, then the instructions below will help you get free.

Top Tips for dealing with your fear of flying

    1. Understand and accept that you have a problem; 

      you might consider yourself to have a serious, debilitating fear of flying which makes it impossible to consider flying, or someone who’s just an extremely nervous flyer. Either way – there isn’t any need to be embarrassed by that. Accepting that you have an issue, deciding not to be embarrassed about it, and deciding that you’d like to do something about it, is key. You accepted all that the moment you started looking for help. The great news is, that regardless of how you’ve fared in the past when you tried to cure your fear of flying, there is an easy and painless way of doing so. Accept that you have an issue, decide that you’re going to sort it out, and choose the best method to do so.

    2. Forget about people who don’t understand your problem; 

      one of the worst things about having a fear of flying is having people who have no idea what it’s like telling you to “just go for it”, “don’t be silly – it’s safer than driving”, “pull yourself together – there’s nothing to it”. They mean well but by being so casual about your problem they’re completely misunderstanding how the mere thought of flying makes you feel. Don’t let them make you feel bad or foolish and put their advice and comments to one side. In spite of them – you’re going to find it easy to enjoy flying.

    3. Confide in your nearest and dearest if you can;

       it’s extraordinary how low someone with a fear of flying can feel. If you have someone close to you, who won’t judge you for your fear, but will instead understand that you have a problem – even if they don’t understand it – will be useful. Whether you consider yourself to have a serious fear of flying or you’re just a very nervous flyer – it amounts to the same; you have a problem and you need help to sort it out. Having a loved one in your corner will make it sweeter than ever when you achieve your goal. The last thing you need is someone saying “Well I don’t know what you were ever worried about!”. You’re going to achieve an amazing thing – you’ll deserve a pat on the back.

    4. Straight talking prepares the ground; 

      be honest and open with your loved ones, tell it how it is. Don’t be ashamed. Hold your head up high. There is no doubt that in other areas of your life you have overcome major problems, achieved amazing things, so don’t beat yourself up about this issue. You’ve reached out for help to address the problem and that took great courage and strength. Feel good about that.

    5. Get help now; 

      although there seems like there’s lots of help for fear of flying it’s actually very difficult to find someone to help in the first instance. Lots of airlines run great programmes for people with fear of flying. These can be great – but sometimes don’t quite deal with the mental processes that cause your fear. Look for a method that is easy to access, inexpensive, and quick. Read on, you’ll be relieved to know that such support does exist, provided by the world’s leading authority on psychological issues and addiction.

    6. Don’t be disheartened about feeling the fear; 

      if it happens it isn’t your fault – it takes huge courage to reach out to someone for help. Don’t expect to be cured straight away. It’s really natural to feel how you feel and until you’ve completed the programme the fear is still there. Don’t worry about that. Allen Carr’s Easyway to Enjoy Flying book and on-demand seminar can help. They are standalone programmes that don’t rely on strangers at the end of the phone, and are entirely anonymous and private. It’s a completely shame-free, empowering, and positive programme that sets people free from their fear rather than have them attempt to fight a battle against their fear.

    7. Allow yourself to have moments of doubt; 

      it’s ok for you to have panicky and anxious moments – even after the programme. It’s how you react to those which is so important. In the past you allowed those moments to grow and fester, or just tried to ignore them (which just makes it even worse), this time you’re going to welcome those feelings, identify them for what they are, and think about them. As a result you’ll smile rather than carry on panicking.

    8. Look forward to a whole new way of living; 

      if you use Allen Carr’s Easyway to Enjoy Flying method then you’re all set for a life of freedom. But remember, if you have a bad day at the office, or experience a financial problem, or hit a bump in the road of a close relationship; your world is infinitely better, whatever lows you might experience, than it would have been as someone with a fear of flying. Every cloud has a silver lining when you’ve escaped from issues like that, it’s not just a case of the lows not being nearly as low, but the highs are infinitely higher.

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From the desk of John Dicey, Worldwide CEO & Senior Therapist, Allen Carr’s Easyway