“Each of us must confront our own fears, must come face to face with them. How we handle our fears will determine where we go with the rest of our lives. To experience adventure or to be limited by the fear of it.”
~ Judy Blume
It’s normal to have fears. You may experience fear when you ride a bicycle for the first time or when you begin a new job. But when fears begin to overwhelm your life and start affecting your performance, this is where you need to reconsider your thoughts. Regardless of what it is that scares you, the following ways can help you overcome your fears.
1. Yoga and meditation
These two practices are the best cures not only for fears but also for overcoming most of the human weaknesses. When you perform yoga or meditation on regular basis you will get strong mentally and spiritually.
And it is the inner strength that helps you get rid of fears and worries that lie deep inside your heart.
2. Face your fears
“The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
~ Nelson Mandela
Fear has the ability to limit our dreams. It tells us to remain in the background. It is such a powerful emotion that freezes our talents and skills. It stops us from trying new things and makes our life miserable. But to get rid of your fears is to face them!
When you start confronting your fears, they start to fade. So, be brave and have courage.
3. Sleep well, eat well
A good sleep and a wholesome meal are the triggering agents for curing your fears. Many people swing to alcohol or medications to self-treat fear with the thought that it will make them feel better, but these only make them feel worse.
On the other hand, a proper diet and a healthy sleep on regular basis not only makes you physically strong and energetic but helps you overcome your fears too.
4. Transform your fear into fascination
“One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn’t do.”
~ Henry Ford
Try to re-frame your fear in a positive way and recognize the thrill it can offer. When you start considering fear as a source of energy, you may start loving its role in your life.
Whether it is related to sports or career, relationships or business, if there is something you think you can’t; just be brave enough to do it. And trust me, you can!
5. Practice relaxation techniques
Fear makes you experience some physical sensations and symptom that make you uncomfortable. However, you can tolerate these sensations by practicing relaxation techniques.
A regular practice improves the ability to control fear, stress and anxiety effectively as well as efficiently.
6. Take professional help
Sharing your fears takes away a lot of worries. Talk to your friends, family, or your better half. Sometimes discussing matters with your dear ones takes stress off your mind and reduces the intensity of fears.
If that doesn’t work for you, try taking some professional help. There are many therapists and psychologists who help individuals in overcoming their fears.
Overcoming fear will give you the “extra capacity” in your life to concentrate on what you really want to do. It does require some efforts, but you are worth living a beautiful life.