Does anyone have any tips or advice on how to conquer the fear of thunder?
By Islandflower from Cayman Islands
I am not sure if this will work for you but I began to adore thunderstorms when I started thinking, "Thank You God for hugging me with huge hello's!" :-)
Is there some reason that you fear thunder? Did something bad happen during thunder? I live in the Midwest and grew up with thunder and absolutely love it!
When I was small I was terrified of thunder. I grew up and still hadn't "got over it". I now am not afraid of it. The only thing I can think helped was getting a real good faith in God, that no matter what He will look after me. I started going to church and reading the bible and I feel as long as I keep doing that I will not get the fear of thunder back. It is such a debiliating fear. Hope you can someday get rid of the fear. Try God, it won't hurt you even if the fear doesn't go away right away. Hope this helps.
How about slowly introducing thunder sounds through those taped recordings of thunder or special sound machines that have thunder played very softly? Perhaps with enough constant repetition of thunder quietly you could increase the intensity. This is a pretty common way to get over many phobias: slowly introduce the fear-causing stimulus in a very diluted fashion and increase it over time once the person gains a tolerance to each new level of intensity.
I used to tell my son when he was little that if he listened hard enough, thunder sounded like God rolling rocks downhill. It worked wonders for him!
During thunderstorms I sit with my granddaughters, as I did my children, and talk about the scientific part of the storm. I tell them that God makes all of it happen to help wash the earth and make it smile. They are 4 and 8. We have gone online to the NOAA and got things to read, too.
I am a trained weather spotter (22 years) and so we also study all kinds of cloud formations. The girls have been in 1 tornado with me. I am a grandma with a camera, so they have seen many of my storm photos, including 3 different tornadoes. There is no fear taught, but the respect for what we cannot control and the knowledge of what to do when situations arise. The tornado? Grandpa took them into the Wendy's cooler where we were eating. I took photos, kept all updated. I was able to document from beginning to end.
When my own children were smaller, I used CDS of thunderstorms for nap time, bedtime music. Soothing, rolling thunder off in the west. Just like when I was a kid, listening to it. It is the electrical storms that are harder to explain, but we do those too!
At every opportunity, I am shooting photos. Besides getting them to the local NWS, they sometimes end up in the classes of weather spotters from all over the states in the area.
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