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How To Overcome Fear? 3 Ways To Fight Or Overcome Your Fears

If there is one thing that holds millions of people back each day from growing and becoming the best version of themselves, fear is at the top of the list. Fear doesn’t help you, it hinders you.  Fear doesn’t get you through an open door; it keeps you in the hallway.  Fear never helps you put your best foot forward; it just keeps both of your feet in cement.  High achievers, regardless of occupation, understand that taking risks and massive action is a vital part of getting from where you are to where you want to go. You can live without fear, let’s find out how!

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Fear Is Your Enemy. 

Someone once described fear as, “Sand in the machinery of life.

Fear is your enemy there is no other way to describe it.  I’m not talking of course about that natural life-preserving action along with a major boost of adrenalin that happens if a wild animal is coming at you or a major danger is in your way.  I’m talking about the fears people live with day in and day out.

Fear doesn’t help you; it hinders you.  Fear doesn’t get you through an open door; it keeps you in the hallway.  Fear never helps you put your best foot forward; it just keeps both of your feet in cement.

The psychology of today is, ‘Learn to live with your fears’, ‘Embrace your fear’,’ it’s normal to have fears,  everybody does.’

It’s true; lots of people do have fears. And there are people who are trying to learn how to live with their fears and embrace them.

Impact Of Fear.

Fear is a human emotion that is triggered by a perceived threat. It is a basic survival mechanism that signals our bodies to respond to danger with a fight or flight response. As such, it is an essential part of keeping us safe. However, when people live in constant fear, whether from physical dangers in their environment or threats they perceive, they can experience negative impacts in all areas of their lives and even become incapacitated.

Once we sense a potential danger, our body releases hormones that:

  • Slow or shut down functions not needed for survival (such as our digestive system)
  • Sharpen functions that might help us survive (such as eyesight). Our heart rate increases and blood flows to muscles so we can run faster.
  • Our body also increases the flow of hormones to an area of the brain known as the amygdala to help us focus on the present danger and store it in our memory.

Living under constant threat has serious health consequences, including a higher risk of developing fatigue, anxiety, clinical depression, and PSTD.

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Is It Normal To Have Many Fears?

There are many facets and aspects of fear.  One of the big ones is being afraid of what others think of you.  People do things, say things, and even buy things because of the fear that they have of what others think.  Is that normal?

Many times, people join clubs or organizations because they are afraid that if they don’t, others might think badly of them.  Still Normal?

People say things and talk a certain way because they are afraid that they might not say the right thing in front of the right people.  How normal is that?

People purchase items because of fear of not measuring up to those around them.  And on and on it goes.  Very draining whether it’s considered normal behavior or not.

Thing is, normal or otherwise, You don’t have to live with fear. 

3 Ways To Overcome Fear

Rewire your brain.

Start by realizing that the universe is a friendly place and truly loves you and that this love is unconditional.  Nothing can separate you from this love. Nothing. This love for you does not change, ever!

Be brave to face your fears.

Remember that nothing good particularly comes from fear, it holds us back. Yes be mindful of its warnings but do not let it control you. Remember that fear many times stands for – False Evidence Appearing Real… so don’t be controlled by it. Be brave and mighty forces will come to your aid.

Avoiding fears only makes them scarier. Whatever your fear, if you face it, it should start to fade. If you panic one day getting into a lift, for example, it’s best to get back into a lift the next day.

YOU are the key point!

Third, make decisions based on what is best for YOU, not how it may or may not appear to others.  You’ll never, ever be able to please everyone, so stop trying to.  You’ll never, ever be right in everybody’s eyes, so stop trying to. 

When you make a decision, ask yourself, why am I making this decision?  Is it based on fear?

Make decisions based on what is right and best for your life, regardless of what others think. 

Try Doing Things That Scares You

Living in our comfort zone is not the best way to live. Not doing the things that frighten you will increase the likelihood that your fears will become bigger – and take over your life. It can even be something small that you choose to do but do something daily that scares you. Step out of your comfort zone and work on becoming comfortable with the uncomfortable. When you form the habit of doing something daily that scares you, your courage grows little by little. Soon enough, the barriers that once were holding you back vanish and your potential maximizes tremendously.

Everything that you want in life is past your comfort zone. Don’t let fear be the reason you lived a half-lived life.

Reward Yourself

Finally, give yourself a treat if you successfully overcome one of your fears. For example, reinforce your success by treating yourself to a massage, a country walk, a meal out, a book, a DVD, or whatever little gift makes you happy. You deserve it!

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At Overland Intensive Outpatient, our philosophy is to help treat mental health by uncovering the underlying causes and addressing the co-occurring disorders which could drive the individual to relapse. We understand that every person who enters our doors comes with unique needs and goals. Our experienced clinicians will work one-on-one with clients to develop a comprehensive treatment plan using evidence-based methods. Overland Intensive Outpatient is ready to provide both in-person and virtual care (telehealth services) to expand access to essential health services and meet the health needs of our patients. If you need FREE help please contact the National Helpline about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, treatment, and recovery in English and Spanish.

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