13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride
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Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.
Accept your fear relative to you.
Could that really happen?
By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through its wily evil ways and move forward.
Think of someone you can always rely on, be it your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say: “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”
They, in turn, will feel valued, loved and respected.
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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If you can’t actually do the thing that scares you to practice, you might use imagined exposure.
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