The sky's the limit-3 easy steps to overcome a fear of heights.

April 6, 2018

 

 

If you feel dizy, nausious or shakey standing on a chair or being any where high up then I know how you feel and this article is for you!

 

You never know what life has in store for you but why let your fear of heights hold you back? This article will give you three simple ways to overcome your fear so you can make the most of any opportunity to have fun, even when it involves heights. 

 

1. Notice how being up high makes you feel and decide to feel differently.

 

You have heard the saying "mind over matter" well that really is the case. It wasn't until I was stood up high at Beyoncè's concert that I first realised I suffered from acrophobia. I started shaking, felt hot and dizzy. I had to hold onto my seat and made it through the rest of the concert half sitting, half standing. From then on I found myself feeling nervous climbing steps at water parks, being extra cautious in large theatre rooms. What you focus on when you first feel the pysical signs of your fear is important.

 

Telling yourself 'I will not be taken over by this feeling' and taking slow deep breaths will give you a greater sense of control, lower your heart rate and keep you calm. 

 

2. Change your words and you will change your mind.

 

Meditating on the mantra 'I will not be taken over by this feeling' is a great way of distracting your mind from over thinking about climbing that ladder or a tall building. Another way is to reframe the experience by using more positive words.  

 

 

You remember the moment in a film when the guy trying to avert a major crisis says "don't panic" what does everybody do? That's right they panic and start acting crazy. The words we use have the power to change our response for the better or for the worse. Neuro Linguistic Programming is an excellent way to talk yourself into doing whatever it is you would like to do.

 

So for example you can substitute the words 'I am scared' with 'I am excited' or 'I am nervous' with 'it's okay to be apprehensive'. This will take the negative edge off of how you feel and continue with confidence. It will also reassure the people around you and return lessen your anxiety.

 

3. Challenge yourself

 

Exposing yourself to situations where your fear can be experienced (i.e. aversion therapy) gives you the opportunity to put steps one and two into practice. 

 

Set yourself small targets like getting balcony seats at the theatre and build it up to climbing a monument whilst on holiday. Prepare yourself anytime by applying the first two steps.

 

Recently I volunteered to do a charity abseil and I noticed that I was feeling dizzy and sick just looking at pictures of the structure. But I had made my mind up to do to raise money for the "Voices for Autism" charity. Doing it for charity meant that I was able to remind myself why I wanted to do it, which kept me focused. I applied the steps and genuinely enjoyed the experience! 

 

Good luck and feel free to comment on how these steps worked out for you.

 

 

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