3 Steps to Conquering Your Fears
Fear is normal. Everybody is afraid of something. Some are rational; others are not. Either way, you have to learn how to get through those fears. But how?
1: Admit Your Fears 😨
The first step in fighting your fears is to identify what it is you are afraid of. Most of us spend a lot of time trying to hide our fears. Unfortunately, that approach can keep you from getting past them. Once you can admit that something scares you, you can move closer to conquering that particular fear.
Once you can admit fear, it will be easier to ask for help. At the very least, you will be bale to create a support system to help you tackle them.
2: Face Your Fears 😱
Hold a snake. Jump out of an airplane. Eat a bug. If any of these things sends your blood pressure rising and your skin crawling, then you may need to well, just do it! One strategy for overcoming fears is to expose yourself to the things that make you afraid. Experts say you usually can’t get over your fears without facing them head on. Although you need to come in contact with the things that make you nervous, take it one small step at a time. Don’t walk straight into the snake room at the local zoo. Start by watching a documentary featuring snakes on a large screen TV. Then visit a local pet store and stand near the cage. Then try petting one, and finally holding one of those slithering reptiles. With time and practice, you can contain your anxiety simply by exposing yourself to what scares you.
3: Tackle Small Fears First
Another approach when it comes to conquering your fears is to take on something that you really want to do but are nervous about trying. Choose something you think you might enjoy but about which you aren’t totally phobic.
For example, visit an indoor rock climbing wall that offers a safe, controlled environment if you are afraid of heights. It may help you to know that you are only a few feet from the ground. Or, try singing at karaoke night with friends at a local club to help get you over your fright of speaking in front of a group. Whatever you do, choose something that’s fun!
The key is to work on your smaller fears first; not something that brings on a total panic attack. As you gain more confidence dealing with your less frightful fears, you will feel more confident when it comes to tackling the bigger ones.
Conquering your fears is possible. By facing what scares you, taking it slow, and standing up to lesser fears first, you can gain the confidence and the experience to handle whatever comes your way. Don’t let fear stop you from enjoying your life. You’ve got this! 💪