Have you ever become so overwhelmed by fear that you failed to take action? Fear is something that so many people all over the world struggle with. Whether itâ€™s at work, at home, in the bedroom, or even in your favorite hobby, fear is often what keeps us from acting in the ways that we know we should.
All types of fear stem from the same place: rejection, failure, criticism, humiliation. Fear grows within us as we continue to be afraid that other people in the world will recognize our imperfections and flaws and decide we are not worthy.
So, if youâ€™re looking to tackle your fears head on, the very first part is recognizing that you can only do so if you start to embrace your fears for what they are.
Then, use these five steps that Elan Divon has come up with to immediately conquer any fears:
Many people are unaware of how important breathing is to managing anxiety and fear. Quick, shallow breaths indicate a person who is anxious or fearful. When we start to mindfully control our breathing, we start to take control over our anxieties. You can try it right now–simply exhale for longer than you inhale and youâ€™ll notice yourself start to relax.
For maximum effect, practice inhaling while counting to 7 in your head. Then, exhale while counting to 11. Repeat as often as you need to.
Anxiety and fear are both things that like to build and build in our heads. If weâ€™re nervous about a particular event thatâ€™s to come, simply thinking about that event will cause us even more anxiety and fear.
What to do? Keep imagining the event or situation, but do so while practicing the breathing technique from step one. This will create a calm, relaxed association with the event in your mind and will help keep negative thoughts at bay once the time has come.
When we find ourselves in anxious or fearful situations, our minds instantly start to race. They become irrational and clouded. The best fix for this is to channel our â€˜rational thinkingâ€™…
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About the Author
Elan DivonÂ isaÂ Harvard-educated author, thought leader, and non-profit executive.
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