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Sometimes fear can be a useful catalyst to inspire us to take action. At the same time, fear can also paralyze us in our tracks as the mind ruminates and can’t stop. Of course, these days with access to the international connectivity of the internet, we are constantly bombarded with fearful news, which makes it all the more essential that we do everything in our power to bring ourselves back to balance.
Here are three Soaringwords Suggestions based on the latest science from Positive Psychology to help overcome fear.
- Breathe. When you use deep, diaphragmatic breathing from your belly, there are both short- and long-term benefits. Deep breathing can help you lower your blood pressure, decrease your heart rate, and improve lymphatic flow throughout the body, which boosts your immune system in order to protect you from feeling run down or getting sick.
- Envision yourself on the other side of the obstacle. Imagine yourself in the future, and ask yourself: “How important will whatever is making me anxious be a week or a month from now?” Imagine yourself healthy, strong, and confident. Notice how tension has already decreased in your body.
- Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. In her bestselling book, Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway, Susan Jeffers says, “Often fear is a lack of trust in ourselves.” I invite you to think of a time when you persevered through a difficult challenge or obstacle and came out on the other side. Use this example from a time when you were resilient to help you imagine that you are capable and strong right here, right now. Each day, think of examples of times when you pushed through fear in order to accomplish something that was difficult. Angela Duckworth, the leading expert in the world on resilience defines grunt as a blend of passion and perseverance that may be more important than talent. I’m reminded of the ancient proverb: Fall down seven times, get up eight times.
I’m sending you strength and love.
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