Building a Healthy Relationship with Fear
The emotion of fear gets a bad rap. As a teacher, writer and coach I have seen, read and heard countless blogs, posts, articles, books and conversations about how fear must be eradicated and removed from life. Let’s take a quick step back and access this from a psychological and biological position.
- All emotions are responses that are wired into our makeup and are part of the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences.
- Fear is one of the largest tools for feedback to ensure safety and survival.
- It is impossible to remove our ‘fight or flight’ responses.
When we have a healthy relationship with fear it can be a guide versus a roadblock!
So why can fear be so awful and crippling at times? How can we learn to harness this normal emotion to better serve us? How can we work with fear versus against it? How can we better understand ourselves and our life through fear? How can we move beyond the negative impacts of fear? How can we experience and create a healthier and more balanced relationship with fear?
When we have an unbalanced or unhealthy relationship with fear it can block us from moving forward, having clarity, making good choices, effectively solving problems and overcoming life’s challenges, stressors and obstacles.
First, let’s understand health fear…
Fear is a response that is meant to warn us and keep us safe. Unfortunately, many people have become ‘triggered’ into a fight or flight or fear based state 24/7 and thus respond to non-threatening issues as if they were life threatening on a physiological level. This means that the things that may not normally cause fear or stress do.
Let’s try a shift in our perspective about fear…
What if, just what if FEAR was actually there to help you?
What if FEAR was trying to work for your highest good?
Here are some simple steps to begin shifting your relationship with FEAR:
Pause and reset versus reacting to fear.
Things like meditation, yoga and even simple breathing exercises can help us get back to a neutral place which will better enable us to evaluate our fear more effectively.
- Ask Yourself Powerful Questions
Engage your brain in order to get clarity.
Instead of allowing your mind to run away with the fear, as yourself powerful questions that will lead to self-discovery, effective problem solving and solutions. Questions like, ‘why am I feeling fear’, ‘what feedback or alert message is fear trying to share with me’?
Analyze the situation.
Look at the situation that is causing the fear objectively and try to see the bigger picture, the broader meaning or the direction it is leading you towards and ask yourself WHY & HOW.
- Breath Through It
Process and release the negative aspects of the emotion while keeping the lesson or alert.
Feeling our feelings, then processing them and letting it go or releasing it is an important way to not only move forward more effectively but also to bring more balance to you mentally, emotionally, physically and even spiritually.
- Make a Plan
Based on your self-discovery and analysis make a plan of actionable steps.
Write out very specific action steps to take to begin moving towards solutions or achieving goals.
- Get Support
Gain the tools, techniques, mentors, friends or coaches to help you!
Don’t go it alone! Everyone can relate to feelings of fear and also sometimes getting stuck because of them. Talk about it with friends and loved ones, research tools and techniques or even see a life coach (preferably an Integrative Life Coach iwacoaching.com) who can help you become more equipped to handle fear and stressors as well as to overcome their negative effects and successfully move forward.