Fear is an emotion, an unpleasant emotion everyone gets to experience at some point in time. It arise when there’s a threat or feeling of danger, pain, or harm. One of the major trigger of fear is the threat of harm, be it real or imagined. Yes, sometime our imaginations bring about fear.
Some Triggers of Fear
-Death/thought of dying
-Fear of the unknown
And lots more.
Fear is closely related to the emotion anxiety, with anxiety being a situation where one is constantly worried without knowing why. The inability to identify the trigger prevents us from being able to remove ourselves, or the actual threat, from the situation.
Is fear really a bad thing? What is the message being communicated by fear?
Fear is not necessarily a bad thing. It is a form of inbuilt human survival instincts.
Too much on the other is a bad thing. Sometimes you’d do things you were scared of doing and you later start to asking yourself, why was I even scared in the first place?
Many people face different types fears every day, it’s human to experience fear at certain points. Fear heightens your senses and awareness. it helps keep you at alert and helps in better preparation. Fear becomes a bad thing then it’s excess and when it holds you back from doing a lot of things.
Fear can affect anyone but when it becomes severe and long-lasting, it is classified as a mental health problem. If you feel anxious all the time for several weeks, if you feel stagnant and caged , or if it feels like your fears are taking over your life, then it is advisable to ask your doctor for help.
Ways one can overcome fear
1. Face your fear.
It is human nature to avoid emotions that scare us. Who wants to walk directly into what promises to be a painful experience? Nobody. But exposing yourself to your fears can be an effective way of overcoming it. Rather than avoiding situations that eventually leads to you not doing thing you need to do or love to do, face it head on. Facing your fears, you’ll be able to see for yourself if your fear is really as bad as you think or it has been in your head.
2. Understand your fear
Try to learn more about your fear or anxiety.
Challenge yourself. Give yourself a to-do list of things you should do, take note of things that happen, time it happens and what calms you down when your feel scared. That way you can understand your fear.
Exercise regularly. If possible Increase the amount of exercise you do weekly. Exercise requires some concentration, and this can take your mind off your fear.
4. Eat Healthy
Eating healthy also helps you deal with fear. Food high in sugar and caffeine should be avoided as they can make you anxious, at alert. Eat more vegetables and fruits.
5. Visit a therapist.
Talking about your fears and getting an insight and a different view of your fears can help you be better. It relieves you and helps you overcome your fear.
Doctors often prescribe certain drugs that can help to provide short-term help. Drugs may be most useful when they are combined with other treatments like therapy, exercising and even meditation (yoga, massage etc).