Are you struggling to overcome a fear and anxiety problem with little success? Well, here are a few tips to help get over them:
Face your fears
While this may seem like a cliché, it definitely works. This is because always avoiding your sources of fear will eliminate the chances of you getting used to the stimuli and eventually overcoming the fear. For example, if you are claustrophobic and always get that overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety once you get into a lift and so always prefer taking the stairs, well don’t avoid it next time. Simply get into the lift and stand there till there is no more fear and then repeat the process on a daily basis.
Your fears are most likely exaggerated
Fears and phobias usually tend to exaggerate actual situations. For example, you may currently fear walking at night or through dark places because you have had a bad experience in the past such as being mugged or attacked in a dark alley. While the fear may be somewhat justified, it is important to assess just what the odds are of the incident recurring in prevailing situations; for example, if you are walking in the company of a group of friends at night.
Distracting yourself once you begin to become anxious or fearful is a good strategy to avoid dwelling too much on it. This can be easily achieved by indulging in a hobby such as playing an intriguing video game or reading that riveting novel as soon as you feel your adrenaline start to pump and sweat dripping down your armpits. Taking a long walk may also do the trick.