Confronting Your Fears: Stop Letting Fear Control Your Life
The number one thing that holds many people back from going after their dreams is fear. If left unchecked, our fear can keep us locked up inside our own mental prison. The trouble is, confronting your fears isn't easy and it is going to be uncomfortable.
While it may keep us comfortable, fear can also cause frustration and depression. If you truly want to live your best life, you need to stop letting fear rule it. Here, we will look at how you can stop letting fear control your life.
Explore the cause of your fear
If you want to stand any chance of getting over your fear, you are going to need to know its cause. Write down all your fears. Then, circle the fears that are most palpable. Once you have identified your main fears, start to think of ways you can prevent them from happening. This can help you to feel like you have more control over them.
You won't always be able to prevent your fears from coming true. However, most of our fear is simply a defense mechanism. By facing our fears, we often find that it wasn't as bad as we thought it would be. Once you have an idea of what is causing your fear, you can then look at ways to combat it.
Fear tends to generate a lot of anxiety. By practicing mindfulness, it can help to bring a sense of calm into the mind. Lowering your anxiety levels will in turn give your fear less control over you. When you are in a calmer state, you are going to feel a lot stronger and better able to face your fear.
Meditation and deep breathing exercises are great for calming anxiety. They also deliver a lot of other great benefits for the mind and body. Start with short, guided meditations if you are a beginner. You can find them for free on sites such as YouTube.
Focus on the consequences if you don't change
If you are struggling to face your fears, focus on what will happen if you don't make the needed changes. That is, how will your life be a year from now if you don't change anything now? Most likely, you will still be stuck feeling dissatisfied with your life, unable to move forward.
The reason you are reading this is because you are already feeling fed up and wanting to make a change. So, if you don't start facing your fear, you will only start to feel more frustrated, resentful, and lost. Focusing on what will happen if you don't face your fear, can provide you with the motivation you need to do it.
These are the best ways you can stop letting fear control your life. Only by recognizing and facing up to your fears can you truly get past them. Fear is also linked to how we feel about ourselves. Therefore, by working on self-improvement and boosting our confidence, it can help us to be in a much better position to face our fears.