What to Do When You're Fearful
Fear is when we suddenly stop trusting ourselves, our journey and the universe’s plan for our lives. It’s when we start to second guess our choices and doubt our destiny. There’s nothing wrong with fear - it often arises from a place that can actually be healthy and encourages us to double check our path - but unchecked fear simply sabotages our dreams.
The next time you feel fear derailing your journey, try these steps.
1. Take Time Out
Often, the flood of fearful thoughts can be overwhelming and we can get “stuck” in our own thoughts. Step away from the situation or circumstance that is triggering your fear to give yourself space to breathe.
When we’re fearful, our pulse quickens. Our palms get sweaty. Our cheeks might get rosy. Our pupils dilate. And our breath starts to speed up until we’re hyperventilating.
Just as these physical responses are symptoms of fear, the reverse is also true: By modifying our physical responses, we can adjust our psychological response.
Slow your breath. Deep breath in, deep breath out. By regulating your breathing you can regulate your emotions.
3. Tell Yourself a Helpful Thought
Thoughts become things. Telling yourself reassuring statements isn’t an empty gesture. It can actually help refocus your thoughts and rewire your brain’s responses. Helpful thoughts when you’re fearful include:
The world is a pretty safe place.
I am stronger than I think.
I got this.
I can feel this fear and still do what I need to do.
It’s going to be okay.
These are just my fearful thoughts. This fear is NOT who I actually am.
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