Overcome Fear

In order to know how to overcome fear it’s important that we understand what it is.  Fear is a primary emotion that comes from the natural aversion to risk or threat, all humans experience this emotion.

Fear is an emotion characterized by an intense feeling, usually unpleasant, caused by the perception of a threat, real or perceived, present, future or past. Fear causes immediate physiological changes: increases blood pressure, blood flow to the large muscles (muscle tension) and the heart pumps blood at high speed. There are also significant facial changes: enlargement of the eye to improve vision, dilated to facilitate the admission of light, forehead creases and lips are stretched horizontally.  The body’s reaction to fear is called fight or flight.

Fear can be transformed into extreme nerves and anxiety. Many times we are afraid of what might happen in the future, and this can limits us to the point that it can even affect our success and achievements at work and in our relationships.

Anxiety is described as feeling fear without having a clear reason.  There may be other feelings along with anxiety, and a feeling of tightness in the chest, stomach pain, nausea, or a feeling that something awful is about to happen. These feelings can be very frightening. Sometimes, anxiety interferes with things you need to do, such as work and sleep.  Anxiety can be common in some families. Or a person may begin to experience feelings of anxiety after something terrible happens, like a car accident or a traumatic experience. Occasionally, some diseases can lead to feelings of anxiety such as cardiac disease, hyperthyroidism, among others . Anxiety can also develop when you consume alcohol or other drugs, such as cocaine.

Fear can be experienced about many situations, animals, objects and even love and relationships.  In the case of love and relationships, if we live in a family where our parents were unfaithful or had a violent relationship, it is very likely that when we are adults we are afraid of the same thing happening to us, we want to protect ourselves at all costs from experiencing pain.  We often appropriate the anguish of our parents, we tried to do something to make them feel better or we convince ourselves that we have no choice but to run with the same fate. Fear of the pain caused by love can lead to a cycle of destructive relationships, which unfortunately can still cause pain.

We can overcome fear by facing it. It is important to beginning with minor fears, in an effort to improve our self-esteem to give us confidence in ourselves to continue confronting fears. Remember that most of the times we are afraid because we think what something may or will happen, but no one can guarantee it. Try to challenge your fear  instead of living limited by fear. Challenging fear can be a difficult task, specially if you’re experiencing anxiety. If you’re experiencing anxiety, you can benefit from the help of a professional who can assist you in your effort to overcome fears in a way that is safe for you and your relationships.

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