Before we look at different solutions to facing your fears, let us understand the exact science first – It all starts from the brain!!.
When you feel the fear, your brain’s “Amygdala” gets activated. As soon as Amygdala receives this fear feeling it activates different responses in the body – increased heart rate, shallow breathing, sweating, high blood pressure, etc. Amygdala looks like almond shape with in the brain. The function of Amygdala is to detect fear and make you prepared. The amount fear you experience typically depends upon the size of the Amygdala. Bigger the size the bigger the fear one will face. There are some people who are born with smaller Amygdala and these are the people who are very brave, high risk takers and into many adventurous things in life. The smaller the size lesser the feeling of fear.
It is very important that we should understand this physical aspect before we dwell into solutions to conquer fear. Also, it is very easy to tell other people that be brave, you can do anything, face the fear, etc. But if you don’t understand the science behind it, it is very difficult to conquer your fears. This is the precise reason why just motivational stuff does not work when it comes to conquering your fears.
So, what is the solution? The solution is – reduce the size of Amygdala so that you experience less fear or eliminate the fear. How to do this?
I had started reading different books on this topic and done lot of my own thinking, experimentation and analysis. Below are 25 different ways you can conquer your fears and start to romance with them. Few of the solutions like meditation, mindfulness, etc are very very effective solutions. But not every one might be ready to take this path. Solution depends upon the level of awareness and person’s readiness to try.
LIVE IN PRESENT MOMENT
BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH PAIN
LOVE IS THE ANTIDOTE FOR FEAR
LIVE FOR BIGGER CAUSE/PURPOSE
ELIMINATE ROOT BELIEF
LIVE YOUR CORE VALUES
FACE ONE FEAR EVERY DAY
BUILD PHYSICAL STAMINA
EXPERIENCE FEAR IN DETAIL
ACTION IS ANTIDOTE FOR FEAR
CBT (COGINITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY)
RUB SHOULDERS WITH BRAVE HEARTS
KNOWLEDGE IS POWER – STUDY DEEP ABOUT YOUR FEAR
STRONG FAITH IN GOD/INVISIBLE FORCE
RE-WRITE YOUR STORY
TAKE OWN DECISIONS
SEPARATE YOURSELF FROM YOUR BODY
There is no specific order here based on any criteria. But I wanted to provide here comprehensive list of possible solutions. In the next few blogs I will talk about some of the very powerful and effective solutions out of this list.
Which of these solutions you typically use? Or you may have some other solution you use.