10 Tips Overcoming Fear of Skydiving
What is fear?
It might help to get specific about what exactly you’re afraid of. Look at the pictures you have in your mind about the situation. What is happening in them? What are you really scared of? Become an observer of your inner space. Where do you feel the fear, and how do you react to it? Below are some tips and tricks that may help you turn your fear into courage.
What can YOU do about it?
Be In the moment. Ask yourself, do you need anything right now? When you centre yourself in the right now, you can realise that reality is how it is at that moment. Naturally – being in the moment is easier to accept. Tapping into the power of now can be as simple as noticing your own body posture, thinking about what you can taste or smell right now and keep focused on one thing and try not to think too far ahead – focus on right now.
You’re not alone. Remind yourself that the practiced, experienced, focused, trained professional skydiver who is stoked to be going up for a skydive with you also wants to land safely on the ground as well.
Be Thankful. Whenever you feel fear, switch it over to what you are grateful for instead. This might be different for you but for example: If you’re afraid of public speaking, be grateful for the opportunity to communicate with so many people, and that they are there to genuinely listen to what you have to say.
Be Positive. Try and change any feelings of fear to positive feelings. Instead of thinking of something bad that can happen, think of something positive. What’s a positive outcome to your fear? When you’re thinking about stepping out of the plane, imagine yourself doing it perfectly instead of the ways you could get it wrong.
Role Model. Find someone who had the fear you have, but managed to get rid of it. Therefore a skydiving instructor could be a great place to start! Get in touch with them, ask them how they did it, and learn to use their strategies in your own approach. Simply get in touch with Skydive Oz, we get asked frequently about fear and might be able to help ease your nerves.
Breathe. As simple as is sounds, how you breathe can be a powerful technique. How you breathe affects your whole body and mind. If you maintain a smooth, slow rhythmic breathing It can anchor you in the now and help you vanquish and overcome your most pervasive fears. This is one of the simplest yet effective technique for most people.
Meditate / Pray. If you are religious or not, you may consider praying for guidance through the fear. Prayer is very similar to meditation. In the end, it doesn’t matter what you choose, as long as it works for you.
Release Control. Surrender. We want control and predictability, even though it’s impossible to get. Where we don’t have control, we experience fear. But is it possible to ever have control? Even if you can swim, you can drown. A professional guitar player can still make mistakes and butcher a gig. Give up the illusion of control, and you’re free.
Understand Failure. When you realise that failure is not the end of the world, you become free. Therefore, failure is just a stepping stone to success. And most of our fears are fear of failure, shame, or somehow not living up to our own standards. Before stepping into the airplane you take comfort in the fact that skydiving involves methods and procedures to help deal with physical or mental problems which could occur.
Hope to see you in the skies, Emma Jane Warrender
Licensed Skydiver/ wind tunnel guru/ lover of words