Life is full of challenges, and there’s no way to get it around it, those challenges can be scary (even with OptiMind).
For many of us, fear can be paralyzing. Fear is often the greatest obstacle between the people we are and the people we want to be.
Fear doesn’t just take a mental toll. Fear can affect you physically too, in ways that can leave a lasting impact.
Your gastrointestinal system, your immune system, and even the structure of your brain can suffer.
The same part of your brain that manages memory, the hippocampus, also deals with fear, and it can be changed fundamentally by anxiety, fear and stress.
In fact, fear can even inhibit your ability to communicate and pick up on nonverbal cues.
Good thing we’re here with this list of tips to help you deal with fear in your day to day life.
1. Settle Down
I know. When you’re afraid or anxious, “calm down” is the most annoying phrase in the English language, but it’s good advice. The easiest way to get yourself into a rational frame of mind is to use 7-11 breathing. A seven second inhale followed by an eleven second exhale can calm your body down and get your mind ready to focus on problem solving.
Now you’re relaxed. What do you do? You start to think of what you’d do if you weren’t afraid. Imagining your success can help to motivate you to reach new heights. Keeping your ideal approach in mind will maintain your focus and help you handle whatever the world throws at you.
3. Master The Law of Reversibility
When you feel a certain way, your body responds accordingly and you act in line with how you feel. Recent evidence indicates that the opposite is true as well. When you act a certain way, your mind and body line up with that behavior. This is known as the law of reversibility, and it’s one of the most important tools in the fight against fear.
These methods can get you in a place to fight your fears, and every time you overcome a situation that makes you afraid, the next time gets a little bit easier. Like they say, practice makes perfect.