5 Ways Hypnosis Helps with Anxiety & Fear of Flying

Flying with Qantas

Fear of Flying – photo taken by Jennifer Burke while flying across Sydney

Hypnosis helps with anxiety, and during my years as a Hypnotherapist, I have come across many people who have a severe fear of flying.  This can be due to a variety of reasons, such as being frightened as a child, they may have heard a bad story or seen something frightening on TV. Because of these negative emotions experienced with flying, it has caused them much anxiety and discomfort by simply just thinking about getting on a plane. In this blog, I share with you 5 top tips on how to overcome your fear of flying. As a hypnotherapist it is my aim to not only treat but also to educate people on ways to deal with their fears.

My top 5 tips to overcome the fear of flying


I have used Tapping on many of my clients as a technique to overcome fear of flying.  Tapping is a technique where you tap on the Chinese meridians of your body whilst speaking about your fear. This helps to bring you back to your body and become present in the moment.

2- Breathing

I teach my clients to breath in to the count of 3, hold for the count of 3 and release to the count of 3. By doing this , you will begin to relax and slow your heart beat down. When you are focusing on these breathing rhythms it distracts you from any other negative thoughts or emotions you may be experiencing.

5 ways to overcome your fear flying

3- Smile More

I often teach my clients the art of smiling as this can have many positive effects on your state. Smiling has been scientifically proven to change your mood. If you smile you change your physiology you will notice very quickly that you will start to feel better. ” I always teach my clients about the wonderful vagus system which is responsible for your breathing and reflex actions “.

4- Visualisation and Meditation

Did you know that 20 minutes of meditation is equivalent to 7 hours of sleep? Meditation is becoming more and more popular as a form of relaxing the nervous system. You should aim to spend at least 15 minutes a day meditating in quiet space where you can let go of all your thoughts and let your mind wonder.

Did you know that your mind doesn’t know the difference between between what’s real and what’s not? Thats why visualisation is such an effective method with dealing with any fears such as flying. Spend 5 minutes a day using your imagination to visualise your perfect self. Through enough practice you will find that your imagination will start to become your reality.

5- Self Hypnosis

You can self hypnotise yourself by bringing yourself back to the present moment. Find a safe peaceful space where you can do this.  You can begin by imagining yourself in a safe peaceful place and then bring that tranquility to every cell in your body. Take a deep breath and as you release the breath, think of the word relax and choose to use any finger to become your peaceful safe place finger. Then, if at any time you are feeling fear or anxiety, by simply placing your thumb on that finger, it will bring you back to a place of calmness and tranquility. This is referred to as Anchoring in NLP.

Have any questions?

If you have any questions or need help overcoming your fear of flying, you can contact Jennifer today on 0418 942 319 or you can visit our contact page.

Jen xx

Disclaimer: Results may vary from client to client