How to Cope With Fear – Trusting Your Thoughts!
Struggling to overcome fear and get a grip on your anxiety?
Learning to cope with fear is a skill that anyone can acquire. Learn how thoughts fuel fear and steps to take to better cope with fear.
One of the most important skills we possess as human beings is our inner-instinct, however, the mind can play tricks when it is under stress or pressure! When this happens it can cause unnecessary fear and anxiety and it can be difficult to differentiate the good thoughts and the thoughts that have been created through fear.
Even in situations where you know what’s right, your anxious and fearful thoughts can really cloud your judgement and ability to think rationally. You need to identify the situations where you find it difficult to think clearly so that you can work on taking corrective measures quickly instead of allowing the cloudy thoughts to affect your judgement.
When You Shouldn’t Trust Your Thoughts
There are many situations and scenarios that could lead to you thinking irrationally such as facing a phobia or feeling threatened. The following though are a few common examples of when not to trust your thoughts:
When you’re feeling stressed: stress can have quite a significant impact on both our mental and physical well-being. If you’re under a lot of stress then it can certainly lead to irrational, fearful thinking and poor decision making.
When you’re feeling anxious: Anxiety has many varying degrees which can quite literally creep on anyone at any moment in time. When you’re feeling anxious it affects your judgement and ability to think rationally, severe anxiety can even cause crippling thoughts of irrational fear and may lead to panic.
When dealing with negative thoughts: It’s not uncommon to have a bad run and experience negative thought patterns and emotions but this can lead to irrational thinking as well. If you’re thinking negatively a lot then it may lead to thoughts of anger or maybe even depression, be aware of this as these thoughts shouldn’t be trusted.
If you do experience negative thoughts that are irrational but seem real then take a moment to remind yourself that they’re not coming from you. It’s more a repression and build up of negative experiences from the past and also dependent on how stressed, tired and anxious you’re feeling in the present.
How to Cope With Fear
Each of us has our own personal fears and it’s not nice having to deal with them but it is key in living a more fulfilled life free of anxiety.
Getting to the Roots: “Fear” stems from the mind, it’s very much psychological although it can also bring with it physical symptoms. It also usually stems from negative past experience or perhaps a deep phobia of something.
If you’re aware of a specific fear then it may be wise to seek professional help in order to deal with the fear and anxiety at its roots. If for example you have a phobia of crowded spaces then you could seek counseling, hypnotherapy or even just try thrashing it out with someone close to you who you trust.
Dealing With Your Feelings: Fear not only affects the way in which we think but also how we feel, when your struck down with fear you can experience many negative feelings. How you deal with these feelings is key, take the time to calm yourself whenever you’re overcome with fear, especially if it affects your ability to think rationally.
Healing From Fear: Fear can build up and lead up to anxiety or in extreme cases can lead to an anxiety or panic attack. That’s why it’s important to take corrective measures as and when you encounter fear so that you can better manage the situation. The following are a couple of strategies you should consider for overcoming fear.
Deep Breathing Exercises: Whenever your mind begins to race with fear focus on your breathing and take slow, deep breathes in a controlled manner. Deep breathing exercises can really help to calm the mind and relax the body and provide almost instantaneous relief.
Seek Support: Remember that fear is the main catalyst for anxiety and panic related disorders. If your fear is extreme then you could seek the help of a medical professional. If your fear is less extreme then perhaps you could seek counsel with someone close to you. Sometimes just opening up and talking about it can help us understand our fear better.
Wrapping it up
Fear is unavoidable, yet it doesn’t have to get in the way of your day-to-day life. If you feel you have an irrational fear then it’s wise to seek advice from your GP but for the most part fear is something you can learn to manage better alone. Try to determine the roots for your fear, this will prove to be key in dealing with it long term.
It’s also important that you don’t avoid situations that lead to fearful thoughts and feelings, this will only fuel your fear! Whenever you do notice fearful thoughts creep into your mind practice your deep breathing exercises and try to remind yourself that you’re thinking irrationally.