ear of flying whether real or imagined is debilitating. I do a lot of traveling every year and much of that travel is by plane. I fly a lot and for me, it’s fun. But for many people, flying creates a lot of stress, fear, or even panic attacks, and if you can relate ….…this video is for you.
Most of us experience fear or panic attacks, not based on a past experience or memory of something that happened, but seemingly out of nowhere. You may be someone who has had a bad experience flying in the past and it has become the core of the fear you feel, but for many more…..it just happens for no apparent reason. Either way…….there is a powerful technique that will help you and I’m going to share that with you today. So hang with me
Here’s the scoop….when you are in a state of fear, reality induced or imagined (and by imagined I mean, nothing has happened to promote it), there is a part of your brain, known as the amygdala that is responsible for your body’s negative reaction. It’s commonly referred to as the flight or fight response. By using EFT (Tapping) we stimulate specific meridian points while talking through either traumatic memories and/or a range of emotions we are feeling. This acupoint tapping sends signals directly to the stress centers of the mid-brain, by passing the ‘thinking’ part of our brain and basically promotes relaxation. It reduces the stress hormones (such as cortisol) and increases the calming endorphins. It sort of sends a ‘it’s safe’ signal to the brain. So, let’s get tapping shall we?
Side of the Hand:
Even though I’m feeling really uncomfortable right now, I honor how I feel and love myself anyway
Even though I am having trouble breathing and I’m feeling closed in, I accept how I feel and honor myself anyway
Even though I’m scared of flying and I refuse to relax about it, I honor and accept who I am and how I feel
EB: I’m feeling this tightness in my chest
SE: I can’t breath
UE: There is no way out
UN: I feel trapped and I hate this
CP: All this fear…..fear of flying
CB: I feel it big time
UA: I’m not sure if I can do this ….. I need to move
WW: This fear of flying
Crown: I feel out of control
EB: I wonder if it’s possible to calm down
SE: I’m open to that possibility
UE: I’m open to the possibility that I am safe where I am
UN: Millions fly every day……I am safe
CP: I release this fear…..I choose to be calm
CB: I choose to breath and relax
UA: Because it’s safe…..I am safe and all is good
WW: I am in control of me and how I feel
Crown: I choose to enjoy these moments
EB: I am safe
SE: releasing this fear
UE: It’s safe to be here right where I am
UN: feeling calm and relaxed
CP: I am safe and in good hands
CB: Letting go of this fear of flying
UA: Feeling better…..feeling calm…..I am safe
WW: All is well with me
Crown: Choosing to relax and enjoy my flight
Remember, this is a general sample of what tapping for the fear of flying might look like for you. It’s important that you tap through what YOU are feeling, and where you feel it in your body. Just tell your truth…what’s happening to you in those moments. Then, as you are tapping and begin to feel a bit lighter and more accepting of it, move into the positive rounds of tapping.
It may also be a good idea to tap prior to going to the airport if you start to feel anxiety around the upcoming trip and fear of flying sets in. Especially if you’ve experienced an attack or severe fear on previous flights, you might begin to worry about it happening again and that just makes it worse for you. Tap on the worry when you feel it creep up. Tap around all the triggers; for instance if you are triggered walking into the airport, hearing the planes take off, seeing a pilot or flight attendant, going through security or wherever and whatever throws you into feeling anxious and fearful.
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