Imagine that you have a fear of flying, for example. With new virtual reality technologies, it is possible to simulate boarding a plane, taking off, and landing. Engage in all the details of flying so that you know what to expect, and can practice free from harm. Build the skills you need to overcome your fear and travel the world.
There are similar programs for fear of heights, fear of storms, war zones (for those with PTSD), and more general calming scenes. Apps targeted for more generalized anxiety can sweep you away to a zen garden, a theater in France, atop a beautiful mountain, or under the sea. You pick the destination. You find the calm.
The relaxation scenes are an easy way to escape the stress of life and find a place to rest for a while. This ‘sensitization’ is a practice ground to work with anxiety and stress issues without a real threat. Develop relaxation skills in these far away spaces. Then the key is to learn how to integrate them into your daily life. Remove the obstacles and remove the stress from life!
Contact Dr. Klaybor if you’d like to give virtual reality a shot!