How to overcome fear and anxiety

How to overcome fear and anxiety

One of the most fascinating facts in the field of psychology and neurobiology is that the mind only truly experiences itself. All our emotions, feelings and sensory experiences are completely intangible in nature, and yet they possess the power to influence the very nature of our life. Which is why the nature or texture of what we feel determines how we flow in life. Any consistent positive feelings will constitute a positive flow whereas any feeling that shall be deemed negative will constitute a negative one. The most common of these forms of feelings and emotions is fear and anxiety. They represent both very primal and timely aspects of our emotional spectrum respectively. Let’s explore their nature and the effects it can create within our body and mind

What makes you afraid?

Symptoms of fear include:

Since fear involves a feeling of being threatened, obvious biological symptoms would be trembling, perspiration, breathlessness, goosebumps, lump in the throat and a rapid heartbeat. Psychological and emotional symptoms vary from negative and extreme thoughts to nervousness and irrational worry.

What makes you anxious?

Symptoms of anxiety include:

Anxiety and its symptoms also vary between the physical and mental. Physical symptoms include restlessness and prolonged nervousness, irregular heartbeat, sweating, light-headedness and in extreme cases, panic attacks as well. The mental symptoms are brief but their effects are more intense – lack of concentration, tension, indecisiveness and even trouble sleeping.

What’s the difference between fear and anxiety?

Fear is characterized by a state of discomfort associated with our survival and is usually activated when there is threat or possibility of harm to the self.

Whereas, anxiety is a prolonged state of nervousness or worry in regards to the self and the future.

While they both have many similarities and anxiety itself is a type of fear, both of these phenomena are very different.

Fear for example is focussed on a known external factor or environment, however anxiety is a response to an unknown threat or internal conflict. While anxiety is oriented towards anything that can happen in the future, fear is more oriented towards survival and self-preservation.

Effects of fear and anxiety

Both fear and anxiety are responses that occur within the mind space, however if intense enough, can carry over to the physical form as well. To give a simple analogy, any vessel which contains warm or boiling water will naturally become warm as well. To generalize, both fear and anxiety can initiate a lack of concentration and focus which can have a direct impact in the day-to-day life of any individual. These can also make people withdraw socially and cause a lot of fluctuations in both mood and temperament.

What does fear and anxiety feel like?

In a simple way, both fear and anxiety can be deemed as survival responses. What does one do when their survival, their very life is threatened? They either run or fight. Either way, the individual goes through a flux of emotions (nervousness, tension, negative thinking) in order to escape the situation. So both fear and anxiety can initiate the survival response within the individual and according to the subjective nature of the mind, can lead to a variety of negative feelings and emotions ranging from restlessness to tension.

Steps for how to overcome your fear and anxiety

There are many ways to understand and face one’s fear and anxiety. Understanding and self-awareness are the very first steps that anyone can make to start overcoming their fear and anxiety. A certain level of acknowledgement and acceptance of the very nature of the emotions is how we can begin. Getting to the core of the trigger and the emotional meaning it holds over the body and mind can be the most effective and therapeutic way of doing so. This process of course is simplified in the presence of counselors and clinical professionals. Help is always available to those who ask for it!

How can I get help?

Once you truly become aware of your own fears and anxieties, it genuinely becomes easier to overcome them. However most often than not it can be very difficult and unknown territory to navigate through our own emotions and triggers. This is why seeking the help of a professional becomes essential. Therapy can be considered akin to having a compassionate and aware guide through the journey of your own mind. Antarmanh has a vast bunch of such guides that are both qualified and experienced in their respective crafts. As per your specific preferences, either in language or gender, Antarmanh provides every client the very best of not only mental wellness but also resiliency. So why wait? Explore all that Antarmanh can do for your well-being!

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I train my mind to overcome fear?

You may begin by research and psychoeducation about your own fear and may then start applying techniques to begin your training. Or, you may just seek the help of a therapist, who is literally trained to do this!

How do I overcome excessive fear?

Mindfulness and Conscious Breathing can be applied to ease the emotional and physical reactions to the fear. Apart from them, exposure therapy can be of great help to integrate the fear.

Why am I so scared of everything?

Understanding the underlying reasons for your fear is the first step toward managing and overcoming it. If your fear is significantly impacting your daily life, consider seeking support from a mental health professional who can help you explore these issues further and develop coping strategies tailored to your needs.

What is the best therapy for fear?

Both CBT and Exposure Therapy can be considered to be the most commonly effective therapeutic practices for fear.

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