How To Overcome Fear

Everyone experiences fear at one time or another in their life. In most cases, this fear is short lived and easily resolved, but in some cases the fear is so strong that it can almost paralyze a person, making it difficult to live a normal and full life. In such extreme cases, dealing with and overcoming your fear may become necessary in order for you to live a healthy normal life. Here are some tips on how you can overcome fear.Overcoming fear is an essential skill

Start by Acknowledging your Fear

The first step in overcoming fear is acknowledging that fear. Most people try to hide their fears from themselves and others because they consider fear to be a weakness and they simply don’t want to or can’t admit even to themselves that they are afraid. However, in many cases, simply by admitting your fear helps to lessen it, and at the very least is the first step in dealing with that fear.

Once you have acknowledged your fear you need to name it and define it. It is extremely easy to name your fear if you are frightened of heights or mice, but can be more difficult if your fear is unknown or undefined. Oftentimes, if you are not sure what the real cause of your fear is, identifying the triggers that set off the fears, may help you to define and name the fear.

For example, if you are afraid to apply for a job you really want, ask for date, or try a new activity, there is likely only one cause to all these fears, which is the fear of failure. Once you can identify your fear, you can then begin to overcome it.

Overcoming the Fear

Depending on what your fear is and the cause of that fear, there are different approaches that you can take to help you overcome your fear.

Facing your Fear

One way of overcoming your fear is to face it head on. For example, if you are afraid of heights, going for a hike in the mountains with a group of friends, or climbing a rock wall with someone you trust beside you may well help you to overcome your fear because you have actually faced it by direct confrontation. Know that facing your fear once, may not overcome it and you will still be afraid, but the more times you face your fears, the less fearful you be.

Playing out Worse Case Scenarios in Your Mind

In other cases, direct confrontation with your fears may not be successful. If your fears are centered around the fear of rejection, or failure, oftentimes playing out worse case scenarios in your mind can help you see that even if your fear is realized you will survive may help overcome the fear. For example, if you are afraid to ask that special someone out or accept a date because you fear being rejected then picture all the different ways that you may be rejected and how you can handle that rejection. By actually picturing yourself coming out on the other side of your fear, you can often lessen or overcome the fear.

Get Professional Help When Needed

In some cases, your fear may be so strong that you simply can’t overcome it without professional help. If this happens to be the case, don’t hesitate to get the help you need. Getting help to overcome your fear is a sign of strength not weakness.

Overcoming your fear may not be easy, but it can be done if you are willing to put in the work or effort.

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