If hodophobia is restricting your life then hypnotherapy could help you
As I revise this page the world remains in the grip of covid 19. This has been a great time to suffer from hodophobia. Travel is such an impossibility, relatively speaking, that those with the fear of travelling have it easy. Fewer people are going away than has been the case for decades. However, this won’t last forever and one day the issue will be rearing its ugly head once again.
I have spent the last six months working with a larger than normal cohort of social anxiety sufferers. The relatively relaxed covid restrictions has forced such people back out into the open and my caseload has exploded as a result. 2022, I suspect, will in like manner bring me a host of people who are afraid of travel. If you’re reading this page then you probably already know this to be true of you. Everybody around you will be itching to get away, perhaps for the first time since 2019. You, however, will almost be wishing for the arrival of another new variant and its consequent restrictions on travel.
I’m not a frequent traveller but when I do get the opportunity to board a plane, train or ship I love it. I love the hustle and bustle of airports. I adore the sight of nothing but sea in every direction. I particularly adore that point of taking off when the plane accelerates along the runway, just before the wheels leave the ground. I love being away, knowing that home is out there, somewhere over the horizon.
The fear of travelling is surprisingly common phobia
For others, however, those situations can appear to be a hell on earth. I’ve used hypnotherapy in Reading, Thame, London, Oxford and Wallingford for the fear of travelling. Others have learned to leave this fear behind them and there’s no reason at all why you couldn’t hope to do the same.
I also offer hypnotherapy online for the fear of travelling, using vsee, zoom or whatsap. Please get in touch for more details as to how this works.
Those people who went before you have learned to let go of their fears and their lives have become immeasurably richer as a result.
Would you like to be the next person to let go of hodophobia? Would you like to be able to take your family on a holiday? Have you spent years finding excuses in order to avoid them? Are you fed up with being the ball and chain around the ankle of your family’s ability to enjoy time away?
If so then hypnotherapy could help you. Hypnotherapy works wonders with phobias, phobias which counselling and other taking therapies will truly struggle to reach. If you’re afraid of travelling and are sick of it then I could help you to let it go. There’s a reason why you came to be afraid of travelling. There’s no good reason why you should continue to engage with and suffer from this fear. It is, in effect, a choice now. I could help you to make the choice to let this fear go. Read on to learn more.
What exactly is the fear of travelling and how does it begin?
Hodophobia is not simply a fear of flying. It can contain elements of agoraphobia, claustrophobia, altophobia, social anxiety and panic disorders but it’s a phobia in its own right. When I work with people who suffer from the overwhelming fear of travelling I will investigate possible overlaps with other psychological problems but accept that there’s sometimes nothing else to be found. Sometimes it’s just what’s left when everything else has been processed.
People can be perfectly sociable, confident and functional within their home towns or cities whilst suffering terror, palpitations, sweatiness, nausea and other symptoms when forced to board certain forms of transport or travel to strange and unknown cities, countries or towns.
Others find that even the world outside of their own part of their home city is a frightening place. Let’s work together to render your world a bigger and happier place.
How does the fear of travelling begin?
As with any phobia, hodophobia can arise in a number of ways. Perhaps you experienced a trauma of one kind or another whilst away on a trip. Some people have parents who expressed an aversion to travel and they went on to learn the fear.
Some people do suffer from social anxiety and travelling into new areas with new people causes fear of humiliation, rejection or some other imagined catastrophe. Staying at home is just so much safer.
I’ve worked with people whose fear of travelling combines with a form of emetophobia. A form of travel sickness was once so awful an experience that the brain decided to avoid a repetition of the sickness by avoiding travelling altogether.
For other people there’s the question of control. Placing oneself at the mercy of a pilot’s skill can seem a step too far for some. Being away from home, particularly when travelling to a foreign country, constitutes a very real loss of control and brings about an almost entire dependence on others for our shelter, food and well-being. For some people this is a scary thing.Home is where control lives.
Are you afraid of being out of control? Did a parent convince you that the world is a scary and dangerous place and that it’s simply for the best to stay safe and sound at home? If so then hypnotherapy for hodophobia could prove to be the answer. After all, choice is control and willingly allowing a phobia to continue is giving up control to a wholly irrational part of your mind. Take back control and lose the fear!
Is it a fear of germs or of being caught without a toilet?
Others come to fear travelling through a fear of germs, emetophobia or through conditions such as IBS which leave people too afraid to travel in case accidents threaten and there’s no nearby toilet to be found. What if there are roadworks? Oh my, we’ll be stuck and I might need the loo!
However it arises, the fear all too often spreads. The fear of flying to a foreign country can become, over time, a fear of being a car passenger even when only travelling into a nearby town or city. I’ve helped people who are even too scared to go on a five minute journey. The truth of almost any phobia is that it will not settle for closing down half of your life. Give a phobia an inch and it will close you down entirely, for home is the only place where safety is assured. That’s why the fears of germs and spiders can be so terrible because nowhere at all is safe.
Some people can travel alone without too much trouble because they can control their itineraries, modes of transport, time of return etc. Other people can only bear to travel at all when they’re in company and thus feel safer.
Hodophobia is a very individual phobia with an almost infinite variety of expression. Each instance is as individual as the person who suffers the condition.
Hypnotherapy could help you to let go of hodophobia and to live your life to its fullest
Perhaps you’ve simply had enough of seeing your life and world shrink into a smaller and smaller geographical area.
Whatever your reason for being here, I’m glad you’ve come and look forward to being the one to help you break free from this phobia.
If you would like hypnotherapy in Reading, Oxford, London, Wallingford or Thame for hodophobia then please do give me a call. I’ll be glad to talk with you and to explain how hypnotherapy could help you to let go of that fear of travelling.
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