Ad| During this current time we’re in, I think it is pretty safe to say that fear is alive and thriving within a lot of people around the world. There are people scared for their parents and grandparents, scared for themselves, scared to go back to work. There are people that are also scared of what could happen next because it is pretty clear that what was once normal will no longer be known, even if everything was 100% clear. Despite what is going on now, fear has been a thing that’s lived among us. It’s just been added on. I know for me, my anxiety causes a lot of fear about certain things that I just wish it didn’t. I know that I’m not the only one either.
With all this extra fear in the world, it is pretty easy to just live in it and let it control you. Maybe you’re someone reading who was working on getting rid of the fear you had pre-Covid and now you’re stuck back in that fear but even worse. I’ve tried not to let what is going on affect my anxiety too much, but it can be really hard. With that in mind, I decided to find some ways that can help when you are struggling with fear. Below are 5ways to help deal with fear!
Face your fears
Facing your fears sounds super scary and just the thought could bring on even more fear. What could happen? Are your worst fears going to come true? You don’t know, and you will never know until you face your fears head on. Let’s take what is going on in the world right now. There are places that are back open, and although staying inside is very important, sometimes you just have to get out. If it’s not for actual products, then it should at least be for your mental health. Even the introvert needs to get out at least once a week. Face that fear. Put on a mask and if you want the extra protection, then some gloves and even a face shield. Do whatever you have to do, but face that fear (and of course keep your distance if there are others around). The same thing goes for any other fear. Make a plan on how you are going to do it, and then just..do it! It doesn’t matter how long it takes you…what matters is that you did it and you’ll be so proud of yourself once you do.
Get some exercise
You might not think that exercising would have anything to do with your fears, but actually it can be helpful in dealing with them. Exercising helps you concentrate and focus on what you’re doing, which takes your mind off of the thing(s) causing that fear. Exercising, in general, is also good for you and for your mental health. If what is causing your fear something that isn’t too big, then I’d just go for a little walk to clear my mind. Release those worries and fears through a nice sweat!
You probably read this like “Whaat!? Hypnosis??” Yup, you read right! So, I’ve personally never tried hypnosis, however, I have read and learned about hypnotherapy in college. Not many people know where to go for hypnotherapy, but if you’re in the Atlanta area and are interested in trying it out, then you should check out Pure Hypnosis. At Pure Hypnosis, Sean Wheeler is a hypnotherapist in Atlanta that offers hypnosis not only to help with fear but also smoking, relationships, and even hypnosis for weight loss! All of these things can have a connection with fear as well. If hypnosis has never been something you’ve ever thought about trying, then I’d look into it. It may just be the thing that helps you!
Talk to God
Not everyone is religious, but if you are, then talking to God can be a very soothing and reassuring way to deal with your fears. When you pray, it is like you’re giving all your worries and fears to God and he hears you and can guide you and relieve the things that are causing such fears. It can also be helpful to read the bible s well as pray. There’s a verse in the bible for every problem, and sometimes reading verses that target what you’re going through can help as if you’ve found the answer you’re looking for. If you’re not religious, then you can still do something like just meditating, speaking into the universe, whatever it is that could help.
Lastly, sometimes one of the best ways to deal with your fears is to talk about them to others who are dealing with the same thing. It can be reassuring to know that you aren’t alone. Group therapy is a great example of this. It’s a group of people together who may have similar fears as you and a professional there to help you all and guide you through them. You can not only see that you’re not alone, but you can get help on how to deal with the fears that have been holding you back.
If you are someone who’s dealing with fear, trying one of these tactics might help you in overcoming them. If you have tried one of these or a combination, then I’d love to know which one(s) worked and which didn’t!