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How to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” -Eleanor Roosevelt

You know you have written your paper well, and you’re confident too, but your inner thoughts will make you second guess yourself, causing fear and anxiety.

What is Fear?

Fear is the most significant impediment to human development. We must first conquer our fears to accomplish our goals and realize our dreams. However, our bodies often react with dread in several scenarios, even when there is no physical threat. A well-known outside incident, such as a loud noise, gazing over a high ledge, or standing in front of a crowd, elicits fear.

What is Anxiety?

Anxiety is an emotion which fills a person with worry about the future. Many of us are afraid of starting a new career, letting ourselves be vulnerable in a relationship, or even squandering our hard-earned money. Because everyone is staying indoors during the pandemic, anxiety problems are on the rise; if a person is feeling anxious, a psychologist consultation is recommended. Anxiety hinders many people from taking the necessary risks to experience true joy.

Let’s look at some strategies for overcoming anxiety and fear.

  1. Identify and Learn About Fear: To begin, figure out what your issues are and why they are making you anxious and fearful. The second step is to learn how to overcome fear and anxiety. Whenever these emotions hit you, dive into your favorite hobbies. Rather than running away and cowering in a corner to hide, you must confront these emotions head-on. You will notice a change where you will begin to see all aspects of dread that you were previously unaware of. It will help you overcome your fears and anxieties.
  2. Positive Attitude and Thinking: From my personal experience, whenever I am having a panic episode or anxiety, I remember the best things that happened in my life. Take a moment to visualize these moments while laying on the bed with your pet by you, or meditate about a nice childhood memory while allowing the good feelings to comfort you until you feel more at ease.
  3. Continue to Face Your Fears: Avoiding anxieties simply makes them stronger. Whatever your fear is, if you face it, it should begin to disappear. If you panic while going into a lift one day, it’s advisable to get back into a lift on the next day. When you ignore your fear, it becomes stronger. When you confront it, it shrinks.
  4. Concentrate on Your Breathing: Breathing is far more essential than you may realize. Short breaths are typical of anxiousness. If you notice a quicker heartbeat or sweaty hands, don’t resist it, work with it. Fortunately, deep breathing is not difficult. Stop and concentrate on your breathing after you’ve realized you’re feeling scared. Take a deep breath while counting to ten, and then slowly relax, letting the air out, repeating the count and focusing on the numbers and the feeling of the air moving in and out of your body.
  5. Celebrate Every Success: You’ve overcome countless fears to become the person you are today, whether it was learning a difficult subject for the first time or completing a course. It’s an occasion to celebrate. When you face your fears and act upon the thing you’re afraid of, you gain confidence in your skills.
  6. Don’t Strive for Perfection: Life is full of stressors, but many of us believe our lives must be flawless. Bad days and failures will always occur, and it is critical to realize that life is messy. Accept your messy life and let the small things that go wrong pass by without worry. Learn from those things, and promise yourself you won’t repeat the action.
  7. Realize that Failure is Inevitable: Failure gives insights and allows you to create problem-solving methods. There is no more powerful teacher than the pain of failure, and no better lesson in resilience than the sting of rejection when you use both to your advantage. You only truly fail if you give up.

Theoretically, saying what steps to take is fine, but putting them into practice is harder. If you keep going, you’ll emerge on the other side a stronger, wiser version of yourself.

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Subin Saleem

Digital Marketing Analyst

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