Overcoming Thalassophobia, the Fear of the Sea

I have discussed Thalassophobia at length in this blog. Thalassophobia is, of course, the fear of the sea or ocean. It’s one of the many phobias in existence, but not as dangerous as some of the other phobias such as hydrophobia. (Fear of water, brought about by rabies, where you won’t drink water even if you’re dying from thirst.)

Thalassophobia is an irrational fear which can affect your normal routine if your job takes you to the sea or ocean often. For most people, this is not a major concern, but it’s always better to face your phobias and seek treatment for them. There’s no reason to let your phobias rule your life.

Follow the advice given here to overcome Thalassophobia…

Face the fear, take it on directly

You don’t have to put yourself down or be embarrassed because of your phobia. You are not alone. According to the American Psychological Association, there are more than 500 phobias out there, which afflict hundreds of millions of people. Everybody has some phobia or the other. You don’t have to be embarrassed about your fear of the sea. You can start by exposing yourself to the phobia, slowly and gradually.

Don’t allow yourself to be put down by panic attacks

All of us have bad days, when everything falls apart and there is no solution in sight. But the important thing is to get up every time you fall down, never allow your fears to debilitate you or stop you from doing what you want. Take a step back and take a good hard look at your fear. Be honest with yourself, and keep marching forward in your life at all times. It’s your life, take charge of it, shake off the negativity or the doubts in your mind.

What are you missing out on?

Is your phobia of the sea or Thalassophobia stopping you from achieving your goals in life? Perhaps your job requires you to visit an oil rig in the middle of the sea every month, but your fear of the sea has made it difficult for you to give your 100% to the task at hand. Is this phobia of yours causing you to miss out on the important things in life or work? Then it’s time to take it head on. Never live with regrets in life; make positive changes now, before the phobia causes lasting damage.

Act! Now!

Consider your fear of sea to be a wake-up call. Use your fear to motivate you to reclaim the life that you’d left behind. Don’t allow it to ruin your life any further. Visit a psychotherapist at the earliest. There are many treatments available for Thalassophobia, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, hypnotherapy, exposure therapy and NLP. Open up to your therapist, and don’t hold anything back. Once the root cause of your fear is identified, finding a solution for it is as easy as it gets.

Change your mindset

To overcome any phobia, you have to change your mindset, or rewire your brain. Be courageous and develop the mentality of a warrior. You can take on any challenge in this world, nothing is beyond you. Don’t hesitate to take help and join group therapy sessions. Remember, there are a lot of people who have had the same fear, but have been able to overcome it. You can overcome Thalassophobia, the fear of the sea, as well.