Chionophobia and how to cope with it


Chionophobia, or intense fear of snow, is a type of phobia categorized as a natural environment phobia.

The word originates from Greek chion meaning snow and phobos meaning fear, aversion or dread. People with Chionophobia often understand that their fear is unfounded and weird. However, they are unable to control it.


Chionophobia is not just a dislike of snow or a rational fear of severe weather forecasts, it is an irrational fear of snow that is typically linked to a fear of bodily harm or death. Though phobias can and do manifest themselves differently in different people’s experiences, there are typically two primary fears behind chionophobia: the fear of becoming snowbound and the fear of being stranded in snow.


Like all phobias, the fear of snow may cause a variety of symptoms. Paying undue attention to weather reports, refusing to leave home during snowy weather, and experiencing panic attacks are extremely common in people with chionophobia. For people with true chionophobia, the mere forecast of a winter storm or snowfall can induce physiological symptoms of fear and anxiety-like cold sweats, panic attacks, and even an unrealistic feeling of doom and dread.


The best methods for coping with the fear of snow depend on the severity and the level of impact that your fear has on your life. Some people find that becoming educated about different types of snow and their effects on local conditions can calm their fears. Others find that gradual exposure to winter activities is calming. If your fear is severe or life-limiting, however, seek the guidance of a trained mental health professional. Winter weather is a fact of life, but with proper assistance and hard work, there is no reason for it to seriously curtail your life when faced with snowy winter weather.

Living with chionophobia is not easy, especially during the winter or in places where snow is the way of life. Friends and family may ignore the phobia, thinking the sufferer is attention seeking. However, for the phobic, this is a real and serious phobia that interferes with your everyday life.

According to a study carried out by the American Meteorological Society, chionophobia is the second most prevalent natural environment phobia subtype.

If you are anxious about a snow storm coming, and your anxiety is becoming greater and greater – do not wait until it reaches the level of a phobia. You can use Cranial Electrotherapy neuro stimulation to reduce anxiety. CES balances your brain’s chemistry, allowing you to be at peace with yourself again. Many experience this immediately in the course of treatment; others, hours, or several days after. CES leaves you feeling both relaxed and alert. The effect differs from pharmaceutical treatments in that people report their body as feeling lighter and more relaxed and their mind, more alert and clearer. Results are cumulative and lasting. And unlike drugs, CES has no negative side effects. It is non-addictive and you can use it safely as often as you like.


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