Fear can create strong signals of response when we are emergencies. It can also take effect when you are faced with non-dangerous events, like exams, public speaking, a new job, a date, or even a party. It is a natural response to a threat that can be either perceived or real.
Fear is a word we use for some types of anxiety that are usually to do with the thought of a threat or something going wrong in the future, rather than right now.
Some people become overwhelmed by fear and want to avoid situations that might make them frightened or anxious. It can be hard to break this cycle, but there are lots of ways to do it. You can learn to feel less fearful and to cope with fear so that it does not stop you from living a true life.
An important step in managing fears involves facing feared situations, places or objects. It is normal to want to avoid the things you fear. However, avoidance prevents you from learning that the things you fear are not as dangerous as you think.
The process of facing fears is called EXPOSURE. Exposure involves gradually and repeatedly going into feared situations until you feel less anxious. Exposure is not dangerous and will not make the fear worse. And after a while, your anxiety will naturally lessen.
Starting with situations that are less scary, you work your way up to facing things that cause you a great deal of anxiety. Over time, you build up confidence in those situations and may even come to enjoy them. This process often happens naturally. A person who is afraid of the water takes swimming lessons every week and practices putting their feet and legs in the water, then the whole body and, finally, diving underwater. People with a fear of water can learn to love swimming. The same process occurs when people learn to ride a bike, skate or drive a car.
We don’t lose the battle when our opponent wins, but we actually lose the battle when ourselves accept the failure…! We actually fail when we stop trying…!