Conquer Aerophobia: A Guide to Fearless Flying
At Brookfield, we understand the challenges individuals face when it comes to aerophobia, or the fear of flying. Fear of flying is more common than you can think of famous individuals like Dennis Bergkamp, preferring train travel for Euro matches, joins Jennifer Aniston and Whoopi Goldberg in discussing their flight anxieties. Despite fame, they share the common challenge of boarding plane. When it comes to flying, 33% to 40% of people report having anxiety of some kind. It is estimated that between 2.5% and 5% of people suffer from severe anxiety, a real fear of flying that is categorised as a clinical phobia. Approximately 20 million Americans grapple with this anxiety, which can stem from a blend of factors like genetic predisposition, learned behaviors, or heightened exposure to media narratives surrounding air travel incidents.
Avoidance only amplifies this fear, often intertwined with other phobias. But here's the truth: acknowledging this fear is the first step towards overcoming it. You're not alone—many faces similar challenges. Seeking professional help is a positive step, and education is key.
To overcome this fear, arm yourself with knowledge. Learn about aviation safety, pilot training, and safety protocols to challenge irrational thoughts. Set travel goals; mark your calendar for that dream destination. Engage with travel content to associate positive emotions with flying.
Most importantly, seek professional support. There's no shame in seeking help. Professionals can guide you through anxiety management and tailored programs to overcome aerophobia.
At Brookfield, we're here to empower you, ensuring your journey to fearless flying is a reality, not a fear. Your wings await – let's conquer aerophobia together.