When you fear something, the emotions overpower you causing anxiety, panic attacks, and an inability to think correctly. The negative effects of fear that you experience when you come face to face with your terrors can make you anxious. Situations can get complicated if fear is accompanied by other underlying conditions such as depression and anxiety disorder. Overcoming fear is essential for a normal life. Without any help to counter the frights has an adverse impact on personal and professional life. Here are some tips to will help you cope with day-to-day fears.
Think about your Situation
When you are facing your worst fear, it’s always necessary to focus on your surroundings. When you are flooded with fear, it’s hard to focus and think. Take a deep breath and relax! Take some time to calm down because being anxious will make your situation worse. If possible, try to distract yourself. Take a walk, listen to music, sip on a hot cup of tea, and taking a bath are convenient distractions.
Accept your Fears, Learn to Fight Them
If you are afraid of something, your heart will beat faster in your chest, trembling body and sweaty palms are classic signs of being afraid and anxious! To cope with such a situation, the best approach is not to fight it. The more you try to push away these reactions the more panicked you get. To first step in overcoming fear is to accept the terrors that scare you, try to breathe, relax, and distract yourself by thinking of things and people that bring a smile to your face. You can try breathing techniques to stay calm in an anxious situation.
Facing Your Fears
One of the best tips for overcoming fear is to face them head on! if you are afraid of spiders, try to interact with a spider by visiting a nearby zoo. Talking about your fears with a therapist will help you face your worst fears in a controlled environment. Initially, the process may seem stressful and arduous but over time it will be useful in getting rid of the fears that have tormented you all your life.
Think About the Worst Thing That Can Happen to You
Let’s say you have a gigantic fear of spiders or snakes or water, it could be anything that takes the life out of you! Take that and imagine the worst that can happen! The more you think about the worst outcomes, you will find a way to deal with it every single time. Chase your fears away with this technique.
Think About the Evidence
Overcoming fear needs imagination, determination, and hard work. If one of your fears is being stuck to an elevator and dying of suffocation, think about the facts before you go into a panic mode. Ask yourself “How many people have died stuck in a lift? How many people plunge to their deaths while stuck in a lift every day?” another tip is to imagine what your friend would do if they are in a similar situation. It would be helpful if you actually went on and discussed it with your friends.
Until next time!
Terence Young, MD
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