I can completely understand how hard the summer can be for people who are afraid of birds.
Can you imagine being afraid to go out into a park, walk by the river or even step into your own garden in case a bird flies near you?
Or perhaps you’re afraid to sit at a pavement café for a coffee with friends, or to take a picnic to the beach with the family in case a sparrow, a pigeon or a seagull wants to share?
And of course, no matter what time of year it is, you ‘ll have to travel to work, school or the shops where encounters with pigeons may see you taking a slightly erratic, avoidant zig-zag path through the world…
It really is horrible to feel this way – and to find your world shrinking, smaller and smaller, as being afraid of birds infiltrates all aspects of life, making more and more activities impossible.
If this sounds like you, let me start by saying this – you are not alone. And more people than you would believe are afraid of quite ordinary, everyday things like birds. I know this because I help them.
One of my passions is helping people to live free of their fears, to expand their world to take in all the things they’ve wanted to do for years, but couldn’t. To walk confidently through town, “barely noticing the grey lumps” as one past client told me. Or as another recent client wrote “I am doing absolutely fine! I have been able to walk around town with no problem, I’ve eaten outside and been able to go places I usually wouldn’t, and I haven’t had any incidents with any birds!” Occasionally, there are effects beyond their highest expectations – “Even found myself referring to a budgie as cute the other day!”
So how does this happen? During a session we work gently to reduce the impact of memories of being afraid. Then I teach each person simple ways to reduce stress in the moment, whenever they need to. These are life-skills that everyone can use easily and discreetly, no matter where or when they need them – or whatever event has, briefly, rocked their boat.
What experience do you have of being scared of something that doesn’t seem to faze other people? What have you tried to help you get past it? And how well did it work? I’d love to know, so please leave a comment below and share your experiences.
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What would you like to do this summer?
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