Fear of flying, also called aerophobia/aviophobia, affects about 10% of the population. It is a type of fear the can keep coming up in your life as your travel by air. It can be experienced as an unexpected panic while flying and can feel overwhelming for many. If it is left untreated, it can take an emotional toll on one’s life. This phobia can affect your relationships, career, and your life.
It has been shown that fears and phobias can be significantly reduced when emotions are regulated through different techniques. For one’s well-being, it is important to use techniques that keep the anxiety of the fear and phobia down. Techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), can help regulate emotions associated with fear of flying. A journal in the ScienceDirect states that “Emotions are multi-faceted and have a strong physiological component, which is why bifocal-multisensory intervention techniques use physiological stimulation as a means to achieve emotional regulation (Wittfoth et al. 2022)”. These bifocal-multisensory intervention techniques like EFT and EMDR are highly effective in reducing the stress and anxiety that comes from one’s fear of flying. Not only that, but the effects are also long lasting so that the fear and phobia is diminished and the emotion is released with time.
It is not easy to live with the fear of flying, which is why it is imperative to find ways to stay calm and stress-free. Try EFT and EMDR today and see if this can help you or a loved one with the fear of flying!