Fear is one of the most basic human emotions. It is programmed into the nervous system and works like an instinct. From the time we're infants, we are equipped with the survival instincts necessary to respond with fear when we sense danger or feel unsafe.
Fear helps protect us. It makes us alert to the danger and prepares us to deal with it. Feeling afraid is very natural and helpful in some situations. Fear can be like a warning that cautions us to be careful.
Like all emotions, fear can be mild, medium, or intense, depending on the situation and the person. A feeling of fear can be brief or it can last longer.
People fear things or situations that make them feel unsafe or unsure. For instance, someone who isn't a strong swimmer might have a fear of deep water. In this case, the fear is helpful because it cautions the person to stay safe. Someone could overcome this fear by learning how to swim safely.
Fear can be healthy if it cautions a person to stay safe around something that could be dangerous. But sometimes fear is unnecessary and causes more caution than the situation calls.
Getting through fear is a skill that anyone can learn.
The problem is that most people adhere to their fears because it’s part of who they are.
Here are the top five ways to overcome fear:
1.LEARN AWARE TECHNIQUE
AWARE is an acronym standing for:
A: Accept the anxiety. Don't try to fight it.
W: Watch anxiety. Just watch it and when you notice it, scale your level of fear and start to breathe longer on the out-breath.
A: Stands for 'Act normally'. Carry on talking or behaving as if nothing is different. This sends a powerful signal to your unconscious mind that its over-dramatic response is actually not needed because nothing that unusual is going on.
R: Repeat the above steps in your mind if necessary.
E: Expect the best. One of the greatest feelings in life is the understanding that you can control fear much more than you thought possible.
2. UNDERSTAND YOUR FEAR.
Fear exists to keep us safe. It is not inherently bad or good but a medium we use to make better decisions. Fear isn’t designed to help us act in ways that generate the results we need. Use fear as instruction and let it inform your actions, but not control them.
3. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS.
Talking and sharing thoughts with someone helps you in finding a way to overcome fear. When we talk to someone we express our ideas in which we are trapped.
Talking helps, but don’t throw a pity party for yourself.
4. DON'T THINK TOO MUCH.
Fear and anxiety grow when we imagine the worst. We developed the imagination to be able to predict the future so we can plan ahead. However, a side effect of being able to imagine possible positive futures is being able to imagine things going wrong.
Live in present and plan your future accordingly.
5. SET GOAL AND WIN IT.
The best way to overcome is to fight it.
Set your goal to achieve it and give a final treat to yourself.
When you have made that call you have been dreading, for example, reinforce your success by treating yourself to a massage, a trip, a meal out, a book, or whatever the gift that makes you feel good.
These are the best ways to overcome fear.
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