When you sit down to start a new project or have to go to a meeting where you don’t know anyone, fear can raise its ugly little head! Interesting to note that fear and anxiety are natural human emotions that can help keep us safe in certain situations. However, when these feelings arise, sometimes they can get us off our game.
Left to fumble around in our psyche, fearful thoughts can become debilitating. It's important for us to face these fears so they lose their power over our actions.
Boldness is a mask for fear, however great. John Dryden, English poet*
If you have had some anxiety or fear, read on for my "bold" idea.
Try This: Overcome Fear - Simply Carpe Diem
Here are some tips for overcoming fear and anxiety:
- Identify the source to eliminate its power - Are you afraid of something specific, such as flying or public speaking? Or a general anxiety that doesn't seem to have a specific cause? Unveiling the root cause can help you develop effective coping strategies.
- Practice deep breathing and relaxation techniques - Try taking slow, deep breaths and focusing on the present moment. You can also try progressive muscle relaxation, where you tense and then relax each muscle group in your body, starting from your toes and working your way up to your head.
- Challenge negative thoughts - Ask yourself if your thoughts are based on facts or if they're just assumptions. Try to reframe your thoughts in a more positive and realistic light.
- Face your fears with baby steps - Avoiding the things that make you anxious. For example, if you're afraid of public speaking, start by speaking in front of a small group of people and gradually work your way up to larger audiences.
A key aspect is to celebrate small victories along the way. If you're sailing through life right now, just tuck these steps away for the future. Kind of like having a superpower to boldly overcome a fear that pops up when you’re least expecting it!
* John Dryden quote: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/john_dryden_119907.