Anxiety is generalized
fear. Your body prepares you to run, fight or act to protect yourself.
Your heart and blood pressure rise, blood sugar increases and
blood flow is reduced to the head, stomach, skin, hands and feet.
You sweat and your muscles tense up. This response is individual
to your physiology, background, and inherited instincts.
Emotional stress is
just as valid a concern as is physical distress. Being frightened
and recognizing the fear is the first step in overcoming fear
as a problem. Fear will keep you from doing stupid things. Fear
is a protective mechanism that is a very valuable adjunct to your
We can also fear abstract
situations. We worry about the future, the flight to come, life,
health, love, status and acceptance. These concerns can trigger
the same instinctive responses, as could a lion to our ancestors.
However, when we react to these lions of psychological
threat our behavior is deemed inappropriate. Your very real fears
and your reaction to them becomes a part of the fear
If you are anxious
about a particular flying problem you are just being normal. The
physiological effect of a solo flight exceeds the similar effects
occurring in a parachute jumps or first combat. It is very difficult
to express in mere words your concerns because they usually defy
description. However, you can help yourself.
Just as your fears
are related to imagination so is the overcoming of these fears
possible through imagination. For starters, take a worst case
scenario and work through the sequence of events as you have been
trained to manage them. Ask yourself out loud if any of this is
really unbearable. Remind yourself that some degree of discomfort
may occur, but youll survive. Every time a new worry enters
your imagination, write it down and drop it into your open worry
jar. Everyone should have an open worry jar. Once you have put
a worry into the jar, get occupied with something else. A worry
jar is a place to keep your worries until you get a chance to
work with them.
In the beginning,
it will be difficult to put anxious thoughts out of your mind.
Trying to suppress a concern may end up with even more thinking.
Arrange to do something that will not allow you to dwell on the
problem until you are ready. Try not to think about a coming flight.
Dont let the thought of the flight enter your mind. Youll
probably find it nearly impossible not to think about the flight.
fuel anxiety. Ignored worries have a way of poking back into your
mind. Set aside a time to dip into your worry jar. At your selected
worry time, sit down with your jar of big and little worries.
During your worry
time do nothing by worry. Brainstorm through solutions. Scheduling
a worry time cuts the amount of time spent worrying. Save all
your old worries into an enclosed can. Save these old worries
because you will soon learn that the majority of them either never
happen or turn out much better than you expected.
I am asking you to
look at your worries at arms-length and ask yourself if your feared
lion is being exaggerated by your imagination. Question
the probability of what you imagine has of happening. Of the sequence
of events which are events that have circumstances you can control.
Talk to someone about the events beyond your control. You must
accept that there are some things over which you have little control.
What is the worry?
What is the probability of this worry happening?
What is the best thing that could happen?
What is the probability of this best thing happening?
What are the solution options to your worry?
What plan of action will give me the best options?
Last Modified December 6, ©2023 TAGE.COM