9 Ways To Combat Fear
Fear gets to the best of us, whether it is fear of failure, fear of success or even fear of fear. All of us have experienced fear at some point in our lives and it can be a real stumbling block that holds us back from being truly successful. You can think of fear as False Evidence Appearing Real. Is it real fear or just a feeling of being uncomfortable in a given situation? You are in control of how you think and how you respond to any given situation, person or experience. When “fear” strikes you, try a couple of the following ways to combat and overcome your fear.
Fear can’t hold you back forever, if you don’t let it. There are several ways to overcome fear, here are my top 9:
SEPARATE REALITY FROM PERCEPTION
Ask yourself what is really going on, locate the facts and place them over your feelings. Then ask yourself, “What am i really afraid of?”
IDENTIFY THE TRIGGER
Figure out what it is in a situation that triggers you. Learning to identify it will help you learn to combat it. Have you experienced this fear before? Did you overcome it? If so, use that inner strength and do it again.
KNOW WHERE FEAR LIVES IN YOUR BODY
A lot of times, fear takes over physically. It affects different people different ways. Identify if/how it affects your physical body and do the work to take care of your body. Ex: if you hold stress/fear in your back, you can learn stretches, foam rolling, etc. to avoid the pain.
Everyday, list out 1-3 things you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is, gratitude helps shift the mind into a positive light, which overtime, overcomes fear. There are many fears. Fear of not having enough or being where we think we need to be at a given point in our lives. Practicing what we have accomplished and what we have overcome with gratitude will shift your mindset.
LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE
Monitor your inner conversations. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. Speak positively to yourself and remind yourself of your strengths.
CREATE A NEW ASSOCIATION
Remind yourself that the feeling and the moment will pass. Focus on the positive outcome of the situation, rather than the scary in between.
LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF FULL
Perception is a very powerful thing, and how you feel about your situation “fear” dictates how you respond. So think positively and you’ll give yourself a much better chance of success. This won’t happen overnight; practice with just one thought. What is one recurring negative/fearful thought you have? Work on reversing this one thought. Overtime, this will become a habit.
PRACTICE BREATHING EXERCISES
Breathing helps center your body; when you stop breathing, your heart stops beating. You can do a grounding exercise, or even just take 5 deep, long breaths at any point to calm and center yourself. It is best to start your day with this, but feel free to practice all day long.
CREATE A SAFE SPACE