WOW Well what can I say!!! On the morning of the course I was nervous. Couldn't even stomach breakfast and only just managed a cup of tea. I think not knowing what to expect from the course and knowing i was going to be going on a flight contributed to the nerves.
What was I nervous for??? I know its easy to say
don't be nervous but after going on this course from the moment you enter the
room it has an amazing atmosphere especially being able to talk to people in the
same situation as myself. Everyone was friendly and Paul and Richard were on
hand to greet every person individually. The room looked quite formal and
convention like however once underway it was laid back and enjoyable. Being
placed in tables really helped and helped us all bond even if for the day. The
tactics used well, I was sceptical about at first but I put them to use on the
flight and THEY WORK!!! The team leaders were fab and mine sat next to me and a
fellow attendee on the flight and kept us calm and collected. He even passed
comment on how after take off i spent the time actually staring out the window
rhythmically playing with my elastic band. Gillian and Paul's breathing
techniques and advice were fab!!
My main concern was noises and physical
problems with the aircraft but Adelle the pilot put these to rest. She spent as
long as necessary going through every point and even let us answer the questions
we were making up as after her presentation everything seemed so obvious. I
learned so much from this course and I am sooooo excited about showing my
boyfriend that I have been able to make progress from this course. He's taking
me to Iceland In February and I have already started prepping and reading my
Richard and Paul approved flying book. I cannot wait to put the techniques back
into practice as I am so proud of how far I have come. I usually hyperventilate
and panic once on the flight but i didn't even feel one starting. Yes I admit it
has not rid myself of the anxiety of taking off but i used the breathing
techniques to help ease my discomfort and once up in the air it felt great. Like
Paul said you can start to rid yourself of the fear by de-stabling it first and
i have certainly done that. The course does not guarantee a quick fix but does
equip you with the skills to make a good start.
Everyone asked me when i
got home how it was and they couldn't believe the girl who used to be scared and
mortified of the prospect of getting on a flight had a massive smile on her face
and was so excited. I was proud i got on the flight and started to conquer this
fear but also the difference it made to my thinking and approach to flying. It
has changed my life!
My advice is if your considering taking this course
then do it!!! I now want to be able to help others who were in my position. I
need to get a few flights under my belt first.
SO if your hovering over
that book button then just click and take the first step like i did in changing
your views to flying. You will not regret it
A HUGE thank you to
everyone, Paul, Richard, Adelle and Gillian for everything. I'm so excited for
February and will let you know how it goes. Fingers crossed ...
Christmas and New Year are the time when many of our customers face their fears. For years, many put it off until the fear of flying is just too inconvenient now. The fear is controlling them and not the other way around. If you have had enough and seriously are sick and tired of being scared of flying, please give us the opportunity to help you.
Paul & Richard