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Fear of Trains
Fear of Trains
Fear of trains, driving, planes can seriously affect your quality of life. Many people suffer panic attacks / anxiety when put into these situations, and resort to avoidance techniques to deal with the problem. In most cases, this situation is caused by an incident happening in a specific place, like a train, and the fear of it repeating causes anxious symptoms. In other cases, it might be the fear of being out of control and not being able to escape from the plane or train when anxiety arrives.
The following is an exercise to reduce your anxiety when put into a fearful situation. Practice it for a few weeks, and it should be used in conjunction with other techniques on the Eliminate Panic Attacks programme.
Sit back and relax on a comfortable seat to perform this exercise for overcoming a fear. It can be a fear of driving, trains, supermarkets, anything you want it to be. It works by replacing the feelings of anxiety with those of happiness.
Think of a memory which is special to you, with feelings of something very pleasant and beautiful. I use the memory of holding my son when he was small. Think of how you felt, think of the noises around you, the smells, the colours. Go into as much detail as you possibly can.
Now, just for a couple of seconds, imagine yourself on a train (or whatever your fear is). After a couple of seconds, go back to your pleasant memory.
After a minute or so, once again imagine yourself on the train, for no more than two or three seconds. Go back to the pleasant memory after this short period, before allowing anxious feelings to build up.
Keep practicing the above for 15 minutes.
By doing this regularly for a couple of weeks, your brain will start associating pleasant feelings with being on a train. You will have greatly reduced your fear of trains and taken the first step to breaking the cycle of fear.
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