As we approach Halloween, surrounded by the machinations of fright, the emotion of fear is conjured up in our psyche. There is a voice that babbles on inside our mind, often times stopping us dead in our tracks. This voice is fear. On the one hand it serves as a biochemical response to the danger of life or death threats, allowing us a visceral insight into our prehistoric past. On the other hand, fear is an emotion that is very subjective. If it is personal demons that make us cower, exposing them can be the first step in loosening its grip. A clear definition of fear is described as this: ‘An anxious feeling, caused by our anticipation of some imagined event or experience.’ Fear can stifle our own progress and confidence but there are insights and strategies that can help us triumph over them. Here are a few blogs that may help with this:
Tiny Buddha’s blog gives 9 concise steps to follow on the path to overcoming fear. Begin with staring it boldly in the face, accepting your obstacles, then revisiting your successes and being grateful for the supportive encouragement you have around you. Lastly, take action toward your dreams.
This blog post from IQ Matrix helps one define what fear means to us personally, by examining the progression of our own experiences from early childhood to the present. They further discuss tactics to manage and potentially rid yourself of those fears. It is a helpful tool toward developing an approach to truly move past negative thought patterns.
Henri’s blog has a wonderful article on overcoming fear for those really ready to tackle it in a step by step way. He offers 33 ways to discover how to own your fears. Everything is covered from your diet, your perspective and seeking professional help. There’s a helpful video at the end to help one trust themselves.
This blog post from Anxiety Coach deals with the real anxiety disorders that many face, helping to end the cycle of a downward spiral. Facing the root of your anxieties head on and learning specific methods to stop ‘putting out fires with gasoline’!
This blog, from Crew, is helpful in that it breaks down what actually happens in our brains when we are conditioned to fear. It surmises that fear is largely unconscious and by the simple act of being aware of this is what is needed to control it.
James Clear’s blog appeals to the idea that we make ‘uncertain things, certain’. Which is largely what incapacitates us and lends power to our fears. There is not such thing as failure if you are aware that fear is the unraveling of our circumstance directly connected to our ability to take action on it.
Pressure, comparison and self-doubt can make us fear that we are never going to be good enough. The danger in these fears, besides them wrecking havoc on our confidence, is that they stagnate us from development. Being kind to yourself will go much further in releasing negative thoughts than a bullying yourself to be the best. Read more from this great post by The Every Girl.
Fear is a haunting thing. It can lie dormant in our subconscious until we are ready to face whatever it is holding us back from our true feelings or from actualizing our true potential. It is only natural to experience the happiness that comes from overcoming our fears. One may worry that pushing through the discomfort of overcoming fear in order to live authentically on your own terms never looked is too frightening, but fear not, it is attainable if you choose to do the work it takes to face it. In the famous words of Franklin D. Roosevelt: ‘Only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’
Do you read a great blog about overcoming fear that’s not on the list? Leave a comment on FB!
Larissa Gomes is a breast cancer survivor and single mom to her spirited baby boy! Originally from Toronto turned Angeleno, she has worked in roles from writer, actor and producer for well over a decade. In that time, she’s developed concepts, film and television screenplays, short stories, along with freelance articles, blogging and editing work.