Be Free & Overcome The Fear Of Heights In Four Steps

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Be Free & Overcome The Fear Of Heights In Four Steps

If you’re someone who experiences fear of heights, or acrophobia, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that between 3% to 6% of people suffer from this phobia. For some, the fear is mild and manageable. But for others, it can be so debilitating that it interferes with their quality of life.

Many people with acrophobia do not feel symptoms until they are placed at a high height. When symptoms appear, they can range from mild anxiety to full-fledged panic attacks. Symptoms can include sweating, racing heart, shortness of breath, and feeling disconnected from reality. People with severe acrophobia may feel like they are going to die or lose control.

There are many ways to conquer a fear of heights. Some people may be able to do it on their own, while others may need the assistance of a professional therapist. And it’s important to remember that everyone is different. What works for one person may not work for another. But with patience, perseverance, and a positive attitude, it is possible to overcome a fear of heights. Be free & overcome the fear of heights in four steps.

1. Understand what causes your fear of heights

The first step to overcoming a fear of heights is to understand what’s causing it. “For some people, the fear may be linked to a traumatic event such as a fall or an accident. Others may have inherited the phobia from a family member. And for some people, there may be no specific trigger at all. It’s important to figure out what’s behind your fear so that you can address it head-on.

2. Face your fears gradually

If you’re someone who experiences fear of heights, it’s important to face your fears gradually. This means starting with small steps and working your way up. For example, you may start by standing on a stool or looking out the window from the second floor of a building. “And over time, you can work your way up to taller heights. It’s important to take things slowly so that you don’t overwhelm yourself”, explains a window cleaner for high rises in Sydney.

If the fear arises, there are relaxation exercises that you can do to calm your body and mind. If you can, practice these exercises before you find yourself in a situation where you’ll be confronted with heights. Once you’re in a situation where you’re feeling scared, “try to remind yourself that you can handle it and focus on your breathing”, notes a Newcastle solar panel cleaner.

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3. Seek professional help

If you find that you’re unable to overcome your fear of heights on your own, it may be helpful to seek professional help. A therapist can provide you with tools and resources that can assist you in conquering your fear. They can also help you to “understand your triggers and how to deal with them”, suggests psychotherapist Iona from Canberra

There are also many online resources that can provide information and support. The most important thing is to reach out for help when you need it. With the right support, you can overcome your fear and live the life you want.

4. Be positive and have faith in yourself

One of the most important things to remember when overcoming a fear of heights is to be positive and have faith in yourself. It’s easy to get caught up in negative thinking, but it’s important to remain positive throughout the process. “Remember that you are capable of overcoming your fear”, says a pilot from Crew Financial who overcame their fear. “And believe that you will succeed”. 

Here’s an example for you.

When you are in the situation, with all of the security precautions, close your eyes and imagine yourself there. Picture a solid barrier and feel the comfort of the support. Drag your hand along the railing or support to feel how strong it is. These sensations will help you when your heart starts pounding.

Now open your eyes and take a good look around. What do you see? The beautiful view, of course—and the ground far below. It’s there, but it doesn’t seem so scary anymore, does it?

When you’re ready, take a step forward. And then another. And another. Soon you’ll be walking across that sky bridge with confidence… and without fear.

Photo by Josh Willink
Featured photo by Delano Ramdas on Unsplash
Sarah Miller

Sarah writes about her personal journey, learning, life optimisation and her passions. For more thoughts and ideas, you can connect with Sarah on Twitter

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