Believe it or not, we need fear. It’s the body’s built-in response to danger, and is rooted in our very existence as human beings. While nobody seems to be tracking the actual data, logic could tell us that countless lives have likely been saved by fear over the centuries. If we never felt afraid, we wouldn’t run when being chased. We wouldn’t look both ways before crossing the street. And we would enter thoughtlessly into any relationship with someone who’s out to hurt us. Whether the danger is physical or emotional in nature, fear is meant to protect us.
What Happens When Fear Starts to Rule Us?
Many who suffer from anxiety or depression talk about living in fear. Fear of social situations, rejection, failure, or relationships may all play a role in this. While it’s normal for everyone to feel fear from time to time, it shouldn’t be the ruling emotion that dominates how you live and make decisions. If fear leads you to avoid challenges or make goals that could benefit you, it may be time to address the underlying cause so you can move past it.
When it comes to healing anxiety and depression, it’s important to seek medical advice. But working to get past your fears could help you feel and function better on a day-to-day basis.
These tips are meant to help you cope with unreasonable fears you might have from time to time; you may or may not require outside help. If you need to talk to someone about your fears, please do so, but these tactics might be a great place to start.
- Practice the Law of Reversibility: This law says that if you act in a way consistent with a feeling — even if it’s not what you feel right now — you can create a feeling that jives with your actions. In other words, if you act confident (even if you don’t feel that way), you can begin to feel more confident. This is consistent with the basic premise of positivity. If you put out those vibes of positivity and bravery, you just might feel more positive and brave!
- Put Your Shields Up: Sometimes the fears and negativity of others can rub off on you — especially if you are prone to feeling that way already. You can actually work on shielding your energy from negativity — like fear. Learn more about it here.
- Face Them: Shakespeare said, “Take arms against a sea of troubles, and in so doing, end them.” A lot of people talk about facing their fears in order to overcome them. While this might be fine for a fear of flying or bungee jumping (just be smart about who helps you), you don’t want to fly into a bad relationship when your fears a justified! So if you do decide to face your fears, go slowly and use common sense. Talk to a trusted friend or advisor if needed.
- Use the Emotion Code®: Sometimes a scary situation — emotionally or physically — can be too much to deal with. When you can’t process those fears even when the risk has passed, you might end up with the emotional energy of fear trapped inside you. With that fearful energy already pulsing inside you, you might be more likely to feel afraid at any time — even if there is no real danger right now. Use the Emotion Code and muscle testing to determine if you have Trapped Emotions of fear or other feelings that might lead you to feel afraid without a just cause.
You Can Overcome Fear
While healing anxiety and depression may require outside help, many of us can learn to handle our own fears using the strategies above. Whether or not you actually have those conditions, tackling fear can help you function with more joy and success every day.