Have you started thinking about your summer holiday yet? Since Christmas, magazines and TV adverts have been full of images of places in the sun showing happy couples and families splashing about on beaches and enjoying exciting activities together.
For most people, their summer holiday is the highlight of the year and generates lots of happy memories to keep you going through the dark winter months. But for some people it brings to the fore fears and phobias that they don’t have to face at other times. There’s the obvious phobias like fear of flying and the less obvious like fear of heights, fear of water, fear of insects, fear of spiders and fear of snakes. Any of these can limit your holiday options or put you off going anywhere at all!
So what can you do about it? There are some simple techniques you can do to relieve the physical symptoms of phobias. You can try breathing techniques eg 7/11 breathing where you make each out breath longer than each in breath to stimulate relaxation in your body. Or you can try visualisation where you imagine yourself in the most relaxing safe place until the feelings of fear pass.
Hypnotherapy may also assist you. Often just one or two sessions can relieve the uncomfortable physical symptoms. Many hypnotherapists offer a free initial consultation so that you can discuss whether this type of therapy is suitable for you.
If you think hypnotherapy might be for you make sure that the therapist you choose is qualified and accredited to a recognised organisation (eg NCH or CNHC), is happy to explain the procedures to you and answer your questions and gives you a clear indication of cost.