Facing Your Fears
One of most dreaded emotions that many people want to avoid feeling is the emotion of fear. You could almost say that many of us are afraid of being afraid. We don’t like the emotions of feeling out of control or of being threatened by others or by forces outside that could potentially harm us.
The reality is that the emotion of fear was once a very useful emotion. In fact, our very survival depended on it. If a saber-toothed tiger suddenly appeared on the horizon, our body’s survival software kicked in and told us to get away from this very real threat.
The emotion of fear triggers all kinds of involuntary body events, such as huge doses of adrenaline being shot into our bloodstream and causing our entire body to prepare for action. Our minds race and our bodies shake with excessive energy.
But while fear is an important emotion designed to protect us from physical and emotional harm, it can have a devastating effect on us if we’re not able to control this emotion or to turn it off when there is no actual threat.
Of course there is a wide spectrum of emotions that we associate with fear. The emotion we feel may be something as simple as butterflies in our stomach while we get ready for an important job interview, or it could be something as severe as mind-raging terror from the imminent threat of being attacked by a pack of dogs.
The important thing to remember about fear is that it should dissipate once a threat is no longer present. Many people live in a constant state of fear from things that are beyond their control. When this happens, the effects of the emotion of fear become extremely harmful.
Keeping your fears inside can often make them worse. One of the best ways to control this emotion is to get it out in the open where you can examine your feelings more objectively. Talk about it with a friend or trusted counsellor who can help you to look at your fear and work through how to change your thoughts or your circumstances so that your fear decreases or goes away all together.
For most people, having the courage to turn around and face their fears head on can be the first step in overcoming their fears altogether. This may seem like an almost impossible step, but most people realize that their anticipation is much worse than actually dealing with their fears directly.
You have the power to change your emotions. While fear can be helpful in limited circumstances, it is important that you are able to get rid of fear when it is no longer helping you and change your emotions so that you are free to live a free and happy life.