Fear really is the mind killer. It hold us back from our potential on a daily basis. But it doesn’t have to. Or at least, we can get better at fighting it.
Here, Positivity Blog brings us 6 strategies which we can use to change the way we look at our fear. After all, close examination is the one thing that fear can’t withstand:
The fears we have are based in how we think about things. Destructive thought habits can create a lot of fear that is really unnecessary and damaging.
But there are also ways to handle these habits when they pop up and to – over time – replace them with healthier habits.
It feels as if anxiety has become the default state of our society, yet it’s not clear why. Our lives are safer, more comfortable and more stable than any time in history. Almost all of us have access to food, clean water, and shelter, and ironically, those who don’t, often seem less anxious than those who do.
Perhaps that’s why I was so fascinated by this article got me thinking that maybe anxiety is a symptom of our distractedness. With our senses bombarded by 24 hour distractions, it wouldn’t be surprising if our brains simply had less available bandwidth to process the stresses and strains of life:
When the brain is spinning out one horrifying outcome after another, it does not have enough space to clearly perceive the world around us as it is in this moment. If a big energy is trying to move through a constricted space it can give us the feeling that we are bouncing off the walls, and our thoughts ricochet inside our heads creating a frenzy that is a danger of its own.
So distracted are we by thoughts of what might happen, we cannot appreciate the circumstances here and now. We cannot move through the world in a constant state of self-generated fear.
Stress — like everything really — is not simply a psychological problem. The body plays a big part in our experience, and, it turns out, our capacity to deal with it. From mindful.org:
A new study in the journal Biological Psychology suggests that people with better body awareness tend to feel less stressed. That’s no surprise, perhaps, if you’ve already been practicing mindfulness, but may seem odd otherwise. Stress leads to a physiological response, such as increased heart rate or sweating.
Participants who reported themselves less overwhelmed by a challenge also noticed their physical state sooner that others—with brain scans suggesting they were able to reign in anxiety before it escalated.
In the business world there are two kinds of company; vitamin companies, and aspirin companies.
Aspirin companies are easy to market, in fact they hardly need to be marketed at all. People will seek them out because they promise to solve an immediate problem.
Vitamin companies are a little trickier The benefits they offer are ephemeral, their effects take time to accumulate, people need to be convinced of the benefits they offer.
Meditation, if it were a business, would definitely be in the vitamin category. It’s a practice, the benefits of which only become clear after a certain amount of time. For this reason, many consider it to be ineffective at dealing with the more immediate demands of our lives.
But this isn’t necessarily the case. Here, Tiny Buddha offers a few simple mindfulness exercises that can be employed at difficult moments. Some “mindfulness aspirin” if you will. Just don’t forget to keep taking your vitamins…