Your Phobias And How To Cure Them
You Can Get Rid Of Your Phobias And Live A More Fearless Life
It is not unusual for people to have fears. It could be as simple as fearing to see a doctor or have a physical check-up to fear of contracting a disease. However, fear may become tremendous and bring about lots of anxiety to the extent that it disrupts normal your life.If so, then in all likelihood, such a fear is a phobia.
When this condition is present, you experience an unexplainable and intense fear of something that is actually of no threat at all. Because you cannot clearly and easily explain why you have such a fear, you are aware that the feeling is irrational. However, despite the awareness of the situation, you still find it hard to get rid of the fear. Even thinking about the source of it makes you feel stressed. Have no fear because phobias can be cured and the initial step you have to take is to understand your irrational fear.
Have no fear because there is a cure for every phobia. The initial step you have to take is to understand your irrational fear.
Phobias vs. “Normal” Fears
There are events in life that naturally make us afraid. The fear is our way of adapting to the unpleasant and dangerous situations we find ourselves in. It’s a normal human instinct to protect ourselves when we feel threatened.
Nevertheless, when our reaction becomes severe and over-the-top, then the fear is no longer “normal.” An example of a typical fear response is getting scared when a dog snarls at us, or when we are jolted by thunder.
You experience an unexplainable and intense fear of something that is actually of no threat at all.
On the other hand, irrational fears could be anything from not wanting to sleep with the lights out because you might see a ghost. Another example is not frolicking at the beach because there might be sharks. Childhood fears are also normal. However, you should not take the fears with you to adulthood. To have a better understanding of phobias, you have to know what they are.
Most typical phobias or irrational fears
These are the phobias that are caused by certain situations like flying, driving or traveling through a tunnel, being in enclosed spaces or claustrophobia, and even being on bridges.
The fears are triggered by the natural phenomena like darkness, raging water, storms, thunder, and heights.
Animals or Insects
The most common examples of this type of phobia are the fear of cockroaches, spiders, snakes, rats, and even dogs.
Blood or Injury
People with this phobia feel so anxious whenever they see blood or wounds and injuries that have blood. Similarly, there are those who fear the syringe that extracts blood or injects medicines.
Agoraphobia could also include fear of public places. It is said to be an offshoot of what is called panic attacks. It’s based on the belief that you would want to avoid places where you cannot hide your panic. Individuals who experience this would rather stay at home.
In this case, you feel very uncomfortable in the presence of people. You tend to be rather self-conscious and worry about being judged by people. In the same manner, you dread speaking in public or being the center of attention.
How can you tell that you have a phobia?
Apart from feeling extremely and unreasonably anxious when you are exposed to your source of agitation, you are likely to have a phobia if you experience a combination of these symptoms:
- Fast heartbeat.
- Shortness of breath.
- Churning stomach.
- An overwhelming sense of panic.
When is it time to get help?
Phobias are present in most people, and more often than not, they don’t pose a serious threat. However, you may want to seek help if the phobia begins to interfere with your life. Specifically, a phobia should be a cause for concern if it restricts or prevents you from doing something that is otherwise considered normal and if it brings you severe stress for quite a long time.
Experts advise that you can resort to therapies through the help of professionals or simply employ self-help techniques. The ‘self-help’ method is proven to work well as your initial step. Nevertheless, having someone to support you in your ‘phobia rehab journey’ does the job better. The support need not come from an expert but from someone (like a loved one or a friend) who can help you face your fears.
The good news
Phobias can be conquered without much difficulty, and the work starts from you and no other. Here is the way to do it:
Take it one step at a time
Don’t avoid your irrational fears. Face them slowly by exposing yourself to the source of the fear. Repeat the process, and you’ll soon notice that the fear will begin to reduce. Mind conditioning is essential, and it will just be a matter of time before you become disengaged in your object of fear.
Train yourself to keep calm
Don’t let your physical symptoms get the better of you. You can arrest the onset of anxiety by deflecting it with momentary distractions such as doing physical activities, listening to relaxing music, playing your favorite instrument, eating food that you like, or looking at something nice like a view. By channeling your attention and emotions elsewhere, you can learn how to keep calm.
When you explore your fears then you set yourself free.” ― Stephen Richards, Releasing You from Fear
Exercise relaxation techniques
Yoga and meditation are great ways to practice focus and relaxation. If you don’t want to do either of them, then resort to deep breathing exercises. You’ll feel the results right away because your heartbeat will be steady, you are not sweaty, and momentarily you’ll be devoid of any unpleasant sensations. It is best to practice deep breathing when you’re calm to train your body and mind to be less tense.
The triggers of irrational fears come from negative thinking. One sure-fire way to start thinking positive is to jot down your negative thoughts that arise whenever you experience your phobia. Go further and identify the equivalent positive thoughts of the negative ones, and you’ll see immediately that your fears are unfounded. By formulating positive statements and reading them over and over again, you can condition your mind to dismiss your negative thoughts before they even start to creep in.
Do not let your phobias dictate how to live your life. Take the first brave step of facing them and practicing self-control.
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