There is nothing we cannot do. All things are possible!
Fear is a limiting factor. And, the fact that you are scared of something does not mean you can’t do that thing.
There are steps we are scared of taking, things we are scared of doing, etc but, what if we try to put two and two together and overcome our fears? Today, I’ll be sharing some tips for overcoming fear.
Everyone has something they are scared of. Even I am not exempted, I have fears too.
Fear is human. It is one of the basic human emotions and so, you shouldn’t beat yourself up if you find yourself dealing with fear as fear is part of life and, even the bravest people have fears too.
Fear is not the end of life. It is a factor that tries to limit you and your actions. It gives you an “I can’t” mentality.
But, fear can be overcomed and, if you are looking for ways to overcome your fears, you have come to the right place. For me, fear has two meanings and here they are:
F – Face
E – Everything
A – And
R – Rise
F – False
E – Evidence
A – Appearing
R – Real
I gave two acronyms of fear and, both acronyms play an important role in helping us overcome our fears.
Most times, fear is false evidence appearing real. Fear makes us see things in a scarier way than they really are making it a lot more difficult for us to go for what we want.
But, even when there is false evidence appearing real, it is very important to face everything and rise!
I know you are already wondering — what are some tips for overcoming fear? what are some ways to overcome your fears? Well, I got you covered! Below are tips for overcoming fear.
1. by all means, do that thing you are scared of
It is normal to want to avoid the things we fear. However, avoidance prevents us from learning that the things we fear are not as dangerous as they seem.
And, that’s where the concept of “doing the things we fear” comes in. The process of doing the exact thing you are scared of is called exposure. Exposure involves constantly going into feared situations until you feel less anxious.
Let’s say you are scared of heights. To help overcome that fear of height, you’ll deliberately put yourself in situations where you’ll need to do something that has to do with heights because the more you do something you are scared of, the braver and better you become at doing that same thing.
Avoiding your fears will only make them seem scarier but when you face your fears head on, your fears will start to fade.
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2. have a discussion with yourself
This is a crucial part of overcoming fear. Having a discussion with yourself does play a big role in helping you overcome your fears.
When you find yourself being scared of something, have a discussion with yourself. Ask yourself if those fears are worth it, ask yourself what triggers those fears. After asking yourself those questions, work towards overcoming your fears and take steps that will help you overcome them.
3. learn your triggers
For you to overcome your fears, it is very important to know what causes, brings about or triggers those fears.
Only when you know the source of a problem would you really be able to deal with it so learn and identify your triggers.
4. positive affirmations
Positive affirmations are amazing and they can help you overcome your fears.
Whenever you start to feel scared, say positive affirmations to yourself. Let’s say you are scared of not succeeding or making it in life. Whenever that fear of not making it in life pops up, tell yourself that you are a success and not a failure.
5. see a therapist
I often advice people to see a counsellor or therapist if fear has become a part of their everyday life or if fear has taken over their whole life.
Fear is normal but in a situation where it has started to take control of a person’s life and daily activities, it is important to see a therapist. Meeting a therapist can change your life for the better and it can help you overcome your fears.
6. write down your fears
Writing down your fears is a great way to overcome your fears.
While writing down your fears might not immediately take your fears away, it will help you process your fears. When you put your fears on paper, you get some space from them.
Writing down your fears helps you acknowledge your fears and it takes fear away from your mind where they have power over you into the light of the day where you have power over them.