Find a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.
Tools, strategies, techniques include people to hug or talk to, music, hobbies, walks on the beach and even a favourite food. It may be a short lived moment of happiness, but it reminds us that nothing stays the same and we can find a way.
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In scuba diving, for instance, fear can cause you to breathe too fast, swim too hard, move too suddenly, fail to take note of your surroundings, or rise too quickly toward the surface.
Knowing that fear has the potential to harm you can help you set it aside. Fold up that fear, put it in a box, and promise you'll get back to it later at a less dangerous time.
You may think it's your judgment deciding that something is dangerous and you should be afraid, but what actually happens is that fear chemicals are flooding into your brain.
Experiments have shown that fear can be induced artificially by injecting certain chemicals. Do the chemicals know what you should and shouldn't be afraid of? They don't. You do.
It is a decision-making tool for risky situations. The main point is that visualizing the worst-case scenarios lets you manage them rationally.
There are 3 stages
Stoics preferred to control fears and desires, rather than being their prisoners.
That led them to visualize worst-case scenarios in detail, in order to control them.
We are risk-averse by nature, and we're also imaginative. That gives us the capacity to overthink our fears until they become way worse than truth.
The act of defining fears gets the worst-case scenario on the page. And in most cases, it’s not as bad as we thought, or as likely.
The most common reaction in a fear situation is the attitude of, “I can’t!”
This is the fear of failure that stops us from taking action. It often shuts down the brain and causes us to revert to the “fight-or-flight” reaction.
Your self-image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, is eventually altered by feeding your mind these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best.
So visualize yourself performing with confidence and competence in an area where you are fearful.
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