Fear of Heights
Fear of Heights
by Kelley Woods, Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist
Some people get queasy just thinking about standing at the edge of a cliff or being on a bridge.
Now, this isn’t something that would normally restrict their everyday enjoyment of life, but what if the sufferer was in construction or perhaps worked in an office high in a skyscraper? This might certainly impede on their daily comfort levels, inciting anxiety and sometimes, in more severe cases, panic attacks!
A fear of heights might keep a person from taking a trip up a mountain, go skiing or getting the chance to view a scenic vista. Being uncomfortable in elevated places is actually one of the natural reactions we have from birth, but when fears become accelerated and start to restrict our life experience, it’s time to take action!
Fears and phobias can build over time or they can come on suddenly, for no apparent reason.
Many times, a fear of heights may actually be a result of something completely unrelated to height itself…like stress or loss.
The automatic panicky feelings that result are hard wired into the brain, traveling along neural pathways.
Hypnosis helps to reconstruct these pathways, providing detours and alternate routes…ones which are not only more comfortable, but are conducive to how a person wants to experience their environment.
Sometimes, this switch can happen almost spontaneously while in other cases, it is more of a process.
Along with the relief of no longer being susceptible to uncontrollable, negative reactions to heights comes a sense of confidence and strength, which can gravitate to other areas of life. Hypnosis clients enjoy many benefits of learning how to use their dynamic subconscious minds to make helpful changes.