Are you mentally afraid to fly? Virgin Atlantic Flying Without Fear is a useful app for iPhone travelers who might be a bit scared of flying. Since many people fit into the category of those who don’t like to fly, this app will help you alleviate some of that anxiety. Watch and learn with a bunch of in-flight videos. These long and descriptive videos walk you through various topics, and answer your basic questions that you might have about unknown topics about the airplanes, and flying facts.
There are also videos that help you with breathing exercises and give you tips on how to relax and meditate and calm down. You can can finally add your upcoming flights into the app, which then helps you keep track of them, and getting push notifications about the flight.
So if you are afraid to fly or just want a way to meditate and relax while you’re on a flight, this is a great app to give you a head start. So don’t worry, be happy, and get your Virgin Flying Without Fear app, to help calm your nerves and enjoy your next flight. Anxiety and worries are alleviated by knowing and understanding what goes on behind the scenes of a complex airline and aircraft.
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You are right on target about this app being breathing exercises. Breathing exercises are useful for calming on the ground. But breathing exercises are completely useless for fear of flying. See: http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/cgi/content/full/42/13/25
Advanced methods are available which are based on brain scan research that has shown us much about how the brain regulates emotion, in particular the work of Allan N. Schore, Ph.D., author of Affect Regulation. It is now clear than early relationship with the primary caregiver is key in forming the emotional sequences that we depend on for stability. When good-enough sequences were not established, increased emotional strength is needed in order to fly without distress.
This means the fear of flying client has to be taught how to build inside new sequences of emotion, sequences that start with the initiation of stress but instead of leading to greater stress, lead instead to less stress, and then to calm.
This kind of advanced help is available, but certainly not by an app or a course based on breathing exercises.Posted on November 18th, 2009 at 7:32 am by Capt Tom Bunn LCSW