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9 Ways to Combat Fear

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

How to combat fear is one of the most critical questions and tasks we all have. Unfortunately, fear gets to the best of us, whether it is fear of failure, fear of success, or even fear of fear. All of us have experienced anxiety at some point in our lives, and it can be a fundamental stumbling block that holds us back from being truly successful. However, fear can’t hold you back forever if you don’t let it. There are several ways to overcome fear.

Here are my top 9:

1. SEPARATE REALITY FROM PERCEPTION

Ask yourself what is going on, locate the facts and place them over your feelings.


2. IDENTIFY THE TRIGGER

Figure out what it is in a situation that triggers you. Learning to identify it will help you learn to combat it.


3. KNOW WHERE FEAR LIVES IN YOUR BODY

Many times, fear takes over physically. It affects different people in different ways. Identify if/how it affects your physical body and do the work to take care of your body. Ex: if you hold stress in your back, you can learn stretches, foam rolling, etc., to avoid the pain.

4. PRACTICE GRATITUDE

Every day, list out 1-3 things you are thankful for. It doesn’t matter how big or small it is. Gratitude helps shift the mind into a positive light, which over time overcomes fear.


5. LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE

Monitor your inner conversations. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. Instead, speak positively to yourself and remind yourself of your strengths.


6. CREATE A NEW ASSOCIATION

Remind yourself that the feeling and the moment will pass. Focus on the positive outcome of the situation rather than the scary in-between.


7. LOOK AT THE GLASS HALF FULL

Perception is an exciting thing, and how you feel about your situation dictates how you respond. So think positively, and you’ll give yourself a much better chance of success. This won’t happen overnight; practice with just one thought. What is one recurring negative/fearful thought you have? Work on reversing this one thought. Over time, this will become a habit.


8. PRACTICE BREATHING EXERCISES

Breathing helps center your body; when you stop breathing, your heart stops beating. You can do a grounding exercise or even take five deep, long breaths at any point to calm and center yourself. It is best to start your day with this, but feel free to practice all day long.


9. CREATE A SAFE SPACE 5. LISTEN TO YOUR INNER VOICE

Monitor your inner conversations. If you wouldn’t say it to a friend, don’t say it to yourself. Instead, speak positively to yourself and remind yourself of your strengths.


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