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We all know Fear Stress! Fear is a basic and familiar feeling. Fear is a useful emotion, if you’re a caveperson being chased by a large animal that wants to kill you. Fear stimulates, creating temporarily greater strength and lesser sensitivity. But too much of that fear chemistry is uncomfortable and causes us to overreact in modern environments, like an office or social group. It can also cause burnout. When we have ongoing or recurring fears, according to Dr. Marc Siegel, this “has the same effect on the human body that running an engine persistently from eighty to 100 miles per hour has on a car.” Serious illnesses are likely to occur in the run-down person. These may include heart disease, cancer, stroke, and depression.
Are you afraid of world situations, of a particular person, of failure, of flying? Would you like to feel less fear? Fortunately, much is now known about solutions for fear. Here are just a few first steps.
- If you have a general fear of moving forward or trying something new, remind yourself often that you must change your thinking and actions to get changed results. So stretch yourself and stretch your comfort zone frequently. Try posting inspirational quotes, such as this from Rev. David Ault: “Ships are safe in port, but that’s not what ships are for.” And Gary Kivela, a retired executive of Honeywell Aerospace, has said: “If you want to see new territory you got to be willing to lose sight of camp.” Only you can determine how far you will go, against your fears that would keep you safe—and unaccomplished.
- If you have specific fears like fear of flying, try the classic method of desensitization, as in the work of the late Dr. Susan Jeffers, author of Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway available on Amazon. For more inspiration from the work of Dr. Susan Jeffers, visit http://www.susanjeffers.com.
- For any kind of fear, especially when your chest feels tight, you can use the body’s circuitry, massaging your forefinger, especially the segment between your hand and second knuckle. No one will notice, and you will feel more relaxed.
- Would you like to try fighting biochemistry with biochemistry? Drink lots of water when fearful. Run in place for 2 minutes. Or, if you have time, use your treadmill for at least 20 minutes, or to the point where you sweat freely. Now your body is rinsing the fear chemistry out. Also, try biochemical antidotes, such as the Bach Flower Remedies from any health food store. These are formulated to neutralize the compounds the body produces for various emotions. Use Aspen for specific fears, Mimulus for generalized fears, and Walnut for fear of future conditions. Follow the package directions, using several drops in a small glass of water, or just place several drops under your tongue for 2 minutes.
Fear can help us to respond better in truly dangerous situations. However, we will have greater wellness, better relationships, and more expanded living, if we use effective tools to manage fears that hold us back. Add all these tools to your life kit now. And that’s Upbeat Livingsm!
- Kebba Buckley Button is a stress management expert. She also has a natural healing practice and is an ordained minister. She is the author of the award-winning book, Discover The Secret Energized You (http://tinyurl.com/b44v3br), plus the 2013 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core, Second Edition(http://tinyurl.com/mqg3uvc). Her newest book is Sacred Meditation: Embracing the Divine, available through her office. Just email SacredMeditation@kebba.com.
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