Ocean Phobia

Ocean phobia is a real problem for many people and it can have a severe impact on the lives of those who suffer from this fear. Ocean phobia is an intense fear of the sea, ocean or other large bodies of water such as lakes and rivers. If you have this phobia you may feel anxious if you are near an ocean, driving past the coast, in an aircraft going across the ocean or even just seeing images of the ocean or other large bodies of water on television or other sources.

This problem may be very difficult and may affect your life significantly or it can be quite mild, causing only a little anxiety and fear that can be tolerated. If you have ocean phobia quite severely it may be that going out on a ship, ocean liner or boat is simply impossible for you to do.

Ocean phobia is quite complex as there are many varying elements for the phobia which manifests differently for people, such as fear of drowning, fear of the mysteries under the water; the darkness, the creatures in the sea. For many the sheer vastness of the ocean is terrifying.

What is Thalassophobia?

This is the Greek term for phobia of the ocean and other large bodies of water. This is not a simple fear that many may have, it is a phobia where the anxiety reaction far outweighs the risk, for example, someone with Thalassophobia might have a panic attack if they were in a vehicle going past the coastline and they could see the ocean.

What is megalohydrothalassophobia?

A related phobia and one many people who have thalassophobia also suffer with. This can be a big part of ocean phobia for many people. In this case, looking at an ocean might be tolerable, but swimming in the sea would be out of the question because this phobia – megalohydrothalassophobia is fear of creatures such as fish, sharks, whales and jellyfish that live in the sea.

What is Megalophobia?

This is the fear of large things. The vastness of the ocean is a significant element of the issue for someone who is afraid of the ocean.

What is a phobia vs a Fear?

A phobia is a reaction to a perceived danger that is out of proportion to any real risk or danger. The reaction is much more developed and intense than a simple fear response. With fear reactions, once you realize everything is okay, you can calm yourself down fairly quickly.

With a phobia the response is less logical and takes longer to control. Some of the anxiety caused by a phobic reaction is fueled by your imagination in response to the given trigger, in this case the ocean, the sea, lakes or rivers. If you have a phobia of the ocean (or thalassophobia) and you find yourself in a situation where to are very near to a large body of water you may experience intense anxiety and perhaps even panic attacks.

How does it Feel to have a phobic reaction?

You may feel suddenly anxious with a feeling of dread. There are many reactions you may have such as the following:

  • Feeling of dread
  • Severe anxiety
  • Feel very hot or cold
  • Trembling
  • physically tense
  • difficulty concentrating
  • Increaed heart rate
  • sweating
  • shortness of breath
  • Feeling out of control
  • Phobias what casues them?

How Can I Overcome my Phobia?

Many people have fear of something and automatically presume it to be a phobia. Mild phobias, though are probably just “fears” as they usually do not stop you doing ordinary activities. A phobia often has a huge impact on people’s lives. Phobias can be improved with work and persistence. So if you want to overcome your ocean phobia read on to find out how.

What causes thalassophobia – Ocean Phobia

It may originate from a bad memory, perhaps of an incident that happened in the past. It could even be caused by a fictional event such as a movie or tv show that had a profound effect on you. Sometimes there is no known cause. Some people are more prone to fears and phobias and anxieties about perceived risks.

How can an ocean phobia be overcome?

Journaling can be helpful. The process of journaling and writing out your thoughts, insights, feelings can help you to understand the way your mind works, what helps you and what triggers you. CBT can also be helpful by working on desensitization where you slowly overcome your fear by facing it. At first it might be a picture of the sea, eventually you may be able to go out on a ferry, ship or boat.

Relaxation techniques can help in situations where you have to face your fears. Medication can help too. Another option is to practice meditation or self hypnosis as this can reduce your stress reactions and give you tools to calm yourself if you get anxious. Support groups can help if you find talking helps you, click here to go to a website where you can sign up for various support groups.

  • Journaling
  • CBT
  • Relaxation techniques
  • Medication
  • Support groups
  • Meditation and hypnosis
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Self Hypnosis Downloads for Ocean Phobia and Fear of Water

Self hypnosis works by influencing the subconscious mind with positive suggestions and ideas. This influence is happening all the time as we go about our lives, we are influenced by television, by our memories and thoughts, as well as by things people say to us. Choosing to influence yourself in a positive way using self hypnosis can make changes happen in your reactions, behaviors and feelings. We have a self hypnosis title called “Overcome Fear of Water” Click here to go to that product now.

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This self hypnosis audio is designed to help you feel comfortable near water, specifically the sea on a beach. In addition it focuses on letting go of the past, not being defined by the past and changing as a person. We also have a general title called overcome fear, and a stress reduction title that can help too:

Overcome Fear Hypnosis Download

Stress Reduction and Relaxation Meditation

Self Hypnosis and how it works

Hypnosis can work for almost anyone. The more regularly you use it the better the results are likely to be. We usually recommend using the audios each day for 21 days and then if and when required. Do not use while driving, operating machinery. If you have a medical condition, schizophrenia or a heart condition, consult a physician before use.