7 ways to fight your fears
Whatever it is that scares you, here are 7 ways to help you cope with your day-to-day fears and anxieties. (NHS,2021)
1. Take time out
When you are in the grips of fear it is impossible to think clearly. Take some time out to relax before making any decisions.
2. Breathe through panic
Take slow deep breaths. If you do not breathe diapragmically now is the time to learn. Essentially breathe so that the air is pulled down into your diaphragm. Your stomach should get larger as you inhale and smaller as you exhale. This will bring lots of oxygen to your body.
3. Face your fears
Avoidance breeds avoidance. Face your fears as soon as you can. If you have a phobia or an anxiety disorder check with a doctor first. The idea is that when you face the fear you start to get used to it and then the fear fades. Also, much of fear is anticipation so if you can get used to a fear it will take away most of its power.
4. Look at the evidence
Disputing fearful thoughts can help you to put them into their proper perspective. Another technique involves asking a friend that is similar to you and asking them what they would say. If they are not available ask yourself what you think they would likely say. Also, ask yourself if they came to you with the same fear(s) what would you say to them?