Thursday, 9 June 2016

Conquering Fear

Whether it be the dark, job interviews, doctors visits, starting university, a rollercoaster, you name it! At some point we all come face to face with our fears. It could take a week, a month or even a year to finally conquer our fears and phobias.

It's taken me 15 years to almost get over my phobia of blood tests and injections. It's taken a lot of fainting and refusing to finally get to a point where I can actually have it done (I may cry my eyes out but I can still do it).


Coming face to face with your biggest fears can be really hard going, especially when it really takes it out on you both physically and mentally. Here are a few things I do to try and fend off the fear:

INNER STRENGTH

Inner strength is key when coming face to face with your fears. Sometimes you can feel like your in a battle with your own mind, but your always losing and your inner strength fails you. Inner strength is telling yourself you can make a move instead of hiding away and turning your back on trying. It takes a lot of perseverance and self belief to gain your inner strength, but once you gain it you can have a chance at winning the battle and knocking that fear down.

POSSITIVE REINFORCEMENT

Don't let those negative thoughts get the better of you. The worst thing you can do is let that side of your mind tell you that you can't do something when in fact you can. Tell the negativity to go away and start thinking positive, turn 'I can't' into 'I can'. Something as small as reading a positive quote every day can give you that extra motivation to ward off those negative sayings in your mind. I have a Pinterest board full of inspirational quotes, you can find them here!

RELAXATION

Having a panic or anxiety attack is going to make it ten times harder to stand up to your fears. Whilst sometimes you can't help letting your emotions take over, the best way to counteract those feelings is to relax. Relaxation techniques such as breathing exercises, listening to music or meditation/yoga will allow time to calm down and regain focus. Top tip: Pinterest is full of so many different relaxation ideas, pin them to a board and you can go back to them whenever needed!

SOLUTION

There's always a solution to fighting your fear. It's just trying to figure out different ways to overcome that fear. I know for a fact that I most of the time I faint at the sight of blood or from just thinking about it, so keeping my eyes closed and thinking about something else was one of my solutions. Not to mention eating chocolate before and after the test, I always remember 'eat you'll feel better' (the wise words of Remus Lupin) and it seems to work! There will always be a solution, the more solutions you find the more chance you have of facing your fears.


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Note: these are just a few of my ideas which help me if I come face to face with one of my fears. Not all these things will work, as everyone is different and we all have different levels of fear.

Do you have any ways which help to
face your fears? Let me know
in the comments!

Kayleigh

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