Fear of flying – gone!

I’m frightened of flying. Well, I’m not actually frightened of FLYING. I’m frightened of being trapped inside anything. So a big metal cyclinder in the air is not ideal.


Back when we went Barcelona earlier this year, I spent two weeks hypnotising myself with the aid of Paul McKenna before I felt able to fly.

In the run-up to our trip to Amsterdam, I was feeling good. So good in fact that I decided to be brave and not do the hypnosis thing again. Because it’s actually really time-consuming – an extra half an hour on my day for two weeks – so I thought I didn’t really need the hassle.

I just took a small dose of diazepam to be on the safe side and take the edge off. I have no idea if it ACTUALLY works, but I certainly felt fine when I got on the plane.

I always think having the kids with me is a good distraction – chatting away to them and organising them takes my mind off my own fears. I wondered how I would manage without the kids there to distract me.

Remarkably well, as it happens. It’s possible that, although I think they relax me, it probably stresses me out just having them there. Because I have to worry about them as well as myself.

It was a misty day, so the plane took off and was in the clouds within about 15 seconds. Then it was above the clouds. And I realised just how close Amsterdam is to home – and how short the flight was. I was expecting an hour, but it was just 45 minutes.


The downside of that is that, no sooner are you up, then you’re going down. The descent takes half an hour. And that’s half an hour of ear pain for me. It affects my kids too, but my husband gets nothing. It comes in waves of pain and I can’t hear – sounds feel like they’re coming from somewhere deep inside my head. I was sucking on a lollipop to make it go away, but it didn’t seem to make a lot of difference.

The pain was still there when we landed. But the good news is I didn’t feel nervous at all either before or during the flight. I was feeling very happy and very proud of myself.

Could my claustrophobia actually be cured? I really hope so. It would be nice to be able to go on holiday abroad and not stress myself out beforehand.

And having flown twice this year – and very little since the kids were born – it looks like the key to overcoming my fear is flying a lot more! Now I just need to book another holiday…

Author: Sarah Mummy

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  1. That’s really good news. Going on holiday definitely becomes addictive I think and flights to Europe are always so close too! 🙂

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  2. I don’t like flying either!!! I’m not claustrophobic, I just don’t like all that distance between myself and the ground…..

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  3. I thought I had developed fear of flying, then I flew without my kids and was fine. Turns out I just have fear of flying with them!

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  4. Thanks very much, ladies! I’m wondering if I might be the same as you, Sonya! It’s easier to fly without the kids. I’m a two hours kind of girl too, Angela – you can get a fair distance in two hours!
    I reckon I need to keep going now to stop myself getting scared again!

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  5. I think flying is stressful for everyone but it sounds like you are doing really well :0). I flew to Scotland once and that was my worst flight because it was so short, as soon as you got up in the air it felt like you were coming down again!

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  6. That’s brilliant, I’m so pleased for you. It must be really horrible to feel like that. If you want an even shorter flight to Amsterdam from the UK, try flying from Manston in Kent – you’re only in the air for about half an hour.

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  7. Thanks very much, everyone. I’ve flown to Scotland before Jane, I’ve even flown to Newcastle! The flight to Amsterdam was probably shorter than Scotland. Kent is a really long way from me, Mums do Travel. I really liked flying from Birmingham 🙂

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