How To Overcome Fear And Stress

We all understand and are able to comprehend what fear is. The dictionary would define fear as an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain, or harm. It is simply our reaction to a condition that we are not accustomed to or something that can have adverse consequences to us. Fear can take many forms, and very few little beings are completely exempt from it. This article looks at the effects that fear can have on bodily terms for human beings, and some simple ways to control, if not be completely rid of fear.

Fear can have many effects on a person’s physical body, in addition to the mental drawbacks of it. It can have an adverse impact on a person’s thinking. Once the fear pathways are ramped up, the brain short-circuits more rational processing paths and reacts immediately to signals from the amygdala. When in this overactive state, the brain perceives events as negative and remembers them that way. Chronic fear also has an effect on other bodily conditions. Living under constant threat weakens our immune system and can cause cardiovascular damage, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, irritable bowel syndrome, and a drop in fertility. Other consequences of long-term fear include fatigue, depression, accelerated aging, or even premature death.

As scary as these effects look, that is not enough to deter us from being scared because we are but human beings. However, there are some small ways in which we can make sure stress and fear do not affect us with a large magnitude.

1. Accept it.

Trying to deny a situation or deny the fact that it makes you fearful only adds up to anxiety.

2. Watch the anxiety.

Just watch it, and when you are aware of it extensively, try to have knowledge about what your level your fear and anxiety shape up to.

3. Breathe.

Rather than fighting reality, try to calm yourself by placing the palm of your hand on your stomach and breathing slowly and deeply.

4. Don't expect perfectionism.

Life is full of stresses, yet many of us feel that our lives must be perfect. It must be remembered that life comes with its own ups and downs and that it is up to us to take it all in our stride.

5. Visualize a happy place

Take a moment to close your eyes and imagine a place of safety and calm. Let the positive feelings soothe you until you feel more relaxed.

6. Talk.

Sharing fears take away a lot of their scariness. Talking to a trusted friend, family member or even a professional can help alleviate the pressure that fear puts on a person.

These are just some very, very generic and brief ways to tackle fear. Since fear is very subjective and differs from person to person, each person must find his or her own coping mechanisms to fear. In conclusion, one thing must be understood. Fear is not to be feared; that is half the battle won.

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