Not all of us like the rainy season… especially if we don’t particularly like thunder and lightning. Personally, I’ve always found thunderstorms fascinating, but I totally understand why some people fear them. And they aren’t alone: fear of thunder and lightning, also known as astraphobia, is quite common. Of course, all phobias can be tackled… and while there is no surefire way to deal with all cases, there are a number of universal steps that somebody with thunder/lightning phobia can consider:

- Stop looking at weather reports: trying to anticipate when you will be scared won’t do you any good.

- Try looking at videos (or audio recordings) of thunderstorms.

- If you hide when thunder strikes, try to scale back on what you use as ‘protection’, e.g., instead of diving under a blanket, just cover your head with a pillow.

- If you need somebody to accompany you during thunderstorms, try to increase the ‘distance’ between you and your companion, e.g., instead of having them in the same house, just have somebody at the end of a phone line.

Afterwards, the goal should be to progress (slowly) towards not hiding with a companion present, to not hiding without a companion, then observing a thunderstorm with a companion, before finally trying to face it alone…

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