Tips to Overcome Your Fear of Heights

Everyone had a fear that will cause you to have a panic attack in public? Is a fear so dreadful it can you scream out loud because it’s just too frightening? I can speak for numerous Americans when I say there are thousands of fears in this world, and being afraid of heights is on the top ten of the list. Public speaking is the biggest fear of them all, heights coming in at number two, and bugs being the third greatest fear in America. Many people face day-to-day challenges, fears, and phobias for years but how do they get past it? Well, I’m here to let you know.

I’ve had a fear of heights for as long as I could remember. It felt like yesterday, my Godmother had taken me and some kids to Castle Park and I didn’t want to get on any rides but my Godmother made me. I remember going on a rollercoaster with a sibling, and I could see the freeway from the rollercoaster. I was terrified because the roller coaster went in an upward downward motion as I screamed for my life. My stomach was full of butterflies and it didn’t amuse me so I cried whilst on the three-minute ride. I remember grabbing a random woman’s hand and yelling “I wanna get off this ride.” Luckily, the lady wasn’t rude or uneasy about it.

The origin of heights is called “acrophobia” and the definition is (it’s derived from the Greek term, meaning “peak, summit, edge”, and “fear”) it’s an extreme or irrational fear or phobia of heights, most likely it’s when one is not particularly high up. There are quite a few ways to get rid of this fear of “heights” as we call it. Fear of heights has been caused by a dysfunction in maintaining your balance. Anxiety is the leading trigger from a fear of heights.

The first tip is admitting you have a problem. How will you know how to face a problem if you don’t acknowledge you have one. When we as people have any type of phobia, fear, or challenge with something you need to be the one to tell yourself that there is a problem that exists within yourself. You should write that problem down and ask yourself “How can I fix this problem of mine?” Within those steps keep in mind that the issue will not be solved overnight so don’t stress yourself. Begin to prepare yourself for the battle you’re about to fight and don’t give up on the first try. What else can go wrong with trying?

The second tip that you can do to get rid of your heights is to take a deep breath. You have to tell yourself that it will be alright. If you inhale and exhale about three times I’m very sure you can see a difference. A therapist or whomever that has skilled knowledge in that type of area will tell you the second step is to either take a deep breath or to face your fears. Panicking only makes things worse. Whenever you see a high point or a really tall level you should close your eyes and just take a deep breath. It helps a lot. Don’t think about the negatives just believe in yourself and you’ve already conquered half of your fear.

The third tip would be is to relax. I know relaxing is hard to do because you are scared but it can relieve a lot on your plate. Everyone is going to tell you this, but this is one of the biggest tips that you should remember to do. Relaxing will help you cope with the fear of heights because when you panic you’re setting off a distinction in your nervous system and it’s scaring you more than helping you. Maybe you try can sitting on a cliff before you climb it. If you’re walking on a hike and you’re high up and don’t wanna look down you should take a deep breath and close your eyes until you can get to a point where you can deal with your difficulties.

Lastly, facing your fears and dealing with them would be the last tip I’d say that a person that is dealing with a phobia like the heights. It’s not that hard, you just have to take your time and get to it. Maybe you can go on a roller coaster, go on a ledge when you’re hiking, or maybe even go skydiving. They’re all great ways to cope with your heights and I hope that I listed some great advice for those ever going through this at the moment. Remember fear is only in your mind. It’s your life and you have the power to change it.