From being afraid of the dreaded first date to being frightened of spiders, we all have experienced fear at one point or another in our lives.
The fear response is not uniquely human. In fact, it is experienced by all conscious beings on the planet. This is because it serves a pretty crucial function: that of survival.
If it weren’t for fear, we wouldn’t be afraid to dive down a hill; we might even try to play with wild tigers.
Having said that, fear can sometimes be irrational and can interfere with the daily functioning of the individual. Strong emotions, such as fear and sadness, form neural pathways in the brain and can stay with the individual forever.
The Subconscious Mind
The subconscious mind lies beneath the level of awareness. Aspects such as dreams, emotions, imagination, etc all reside in the subconscious mind. Reprogramming the subconscious mind can rewire the brain, helping the person get rid of fear. Here are some ways you can do that:
To overcome fear, you need to first understand it thoroughly. You have to ask questions such as; why do I fear (the stimulus)? What makes it fearful? How does my body respond to that? Am I avoiding facing it?
Once you understand the patterns, it becomes quite easy to tackle fear.
Put It on Paper
Continuing from the point made above, writing helps you detect patterns. It gives you perspective. It allows you to assess the situation and serves as catharsis. Putting your fear on paper can give you great insights on dealing with the fearful situation.
The power of our minds is way beyond our imagination. Using effective visualization techniques, you can rehearse dealing with the fearful situation. After you have done that several times in your head, you can tackle the real fear.
Meditation can be regarded as the most powerful way to conquer the subconscious mind. It allows you to achieve a focused state of mind and let the wandering thoughts go by. Giving you a sense of calmness you have never experienced before, it can help you conquer fear.
Repetition is the Key
Just like acquiring a skill or working towards losing weight, repetition is also important for getting rid of fear. It is very important that you keep repeating all these activities. After a while, dealing with the particular situation will become effortless.
Rekha Shrivastava, a renowned hypnotist and rehabilitation counselor, helps people overcome their greatest fears. Using hypnosis procedures, she communicates with their subconscious minds to help them deal better with fears. She also provides stress management and anxiety treatment through hypnosis. Visit her website to know more about her services.