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Fear is one of the strongest responses our physical bodies possess. When you fear, your heart begins beating faster, your blood pressure rises, your palms start to sweat and you may feel intense anxiety. This physical response is part of the “fight or flight” mechanism that our brain and body uses to deal with danger. This extreme response is warranted if, say, we were being chased by a saber-toothed tiger. In today’s world, we rarely experience life-or-death situations such as these, but still, our bodies have held on to this response.
Many times, our negative cycle of fear and worry can bring about this response, and it can be miserable! It can last just a short period of time, or it can last for many years. Experiencing a high level of fear and worry over an extended period of time can actually change the very chemistry of our brain. For this reason, it makes sense to learn skills and techniques that can help calm our mind and body when we get too far “in our head.”
Aside from the negative physical and biological effects of fear and worry, there are myriad psychological effects as well. For instance, worrying about the future and worrying about things you simply can’t control can eliminate any positive feelings about the life you’re living right now! You get so worked up about what could happen, that you miss what is happening right before your eyes. This will greatly reduce the happiness, joy, and peace that your life should entail.
I’d like to share with you a few of the things that I practice daily, and teach to others, when it comes to experiencing fear and worry. These practices are based on science, but also on intuition. Make these three techniques a part of your day, and I know that you’ll find that you’re experiencing greatly reduced fear, worry, and anxiety. Start right now!
3 Ways to Stop Fear and Worrying1) Acknowledge the Fear or Worry – Worry is simply the fear of something unknown happening in the future. Many of the worries we have are about things we have zero control over, but that certainly doesn’t mean we don’t worry! The first step to peace is by acknowledging the worry, without casting any judgement on yourself for worrying. Just acknowledge your fear the same way you’d acknowledge a bird on your windowsill. “Oh, there it is.” That’s all. No guilt, no trying to fix it, just let it be there.
These are the questions that will begin to eliminate the drama and emotion about the fear and worry and help you begin viewing it in logical, realistic terms. And I believe that you’ll find, by following these three tips, that you begin to eliminate worry from your life, and enjoy your life as it is TODAY!