Facing Your Demons: How to Conquer Fear
and Regain Control
Explaining the reasons behind your fear can often prove an impossible task. Many phobias thrive off of operating on zero logic. Even those with "logical" phobias have difficulty explaining why they feel the way that they do.
With this difficulty that comes with explaining fear, it's easy to slip into the mindset that you'll never get over your fear. What can you do when it feels like you have zero options?
Well, you're in luck. We're here with the ultimate guide on how to conquer fear and regain control of your life! So without further ado, let's jump right in.
How to Conquer Fear? Know Thy Enemy
The first thing you should know to combat your fears is to try to research your specific fear. Get books from the library or read online, whatever works best for you.
Adding logical arguments against your fear won't solve it, but it will provide you extra tools to help you fight back. For example, people with a fear of sharks could be comforted by the fact that their odds of getting attacked are 3,748,067 to 1 (in the U.S.).
This is also important because giving a name to your fear and confronting it gives you a much better chance of overcoming it. Otherwise, it will remain an "unknown" and you'll never work to fix it.
Take Care of Yourself
Another pivotal action you can take to improve your chances of overcoming your fear is to take care of yourself physically and mentally. Make sure you are getting a good night's rest, eating healthy, and staying in shape. Breathing exercises and meditation are also great ways to calm yourself down and improve mental health.
After all, if your body isn't at its best, fighting your fear becomes more difficult. It's also important to note that you shouldn't assume your fear stems from a traumatic incident: recent studies have discovered that the phobia is born more often from a genetic variation in your cells than a single event.
Jumping the Hurdle
One of the best ways to defeat a phobia is to face it head-on. This doesn't mean you have to go all-in too: many people respond well to gradual exposure to their fear.
For example, if you have agoraphobia, try looking at a picture of someone atop a high hill. After that, progress to a video, and so on.
If you're hesitant to do this alone, you can consult a doctor to start "exposure therapy", or a guided version of the gradual method discussed earlier. Which brings us to our next point...
Consult a Doctor
Getting a doctor or therapist to help you conquer your fears can help a whole lot, whether it's through medication to help calm symptoms of anxiety (so you aren't as paralyzed by the fear) to different types of therapy to help you overcome your fear. Some doctors have even started using virtual reality technology to help their patients face their fear without any real danger.
Don't Face It Alone
Finally, make sure to surround yourself with people who are supportive of you and will push you to improve. This will help create essentially a positive version of peep pressure, which will help motivate you to move towards change rather than shy away from it.
And there you have it! Now that you know all about how to conquer fear, you're ready to get out there and live your life freely! And for more information on fear and the working of the mind, be sure to check out the other articles on our site!