Fear, as defined by Merriam-Webster, “an unpleasant often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger. The threat may be real or imagined.”
Fear, through our biological makeup, is one of the most adaptive emotions. The feeling of fear prevents us from petting a cobra. We need fear triggers to stop, look and listen when a threat is near. But discrimination is essential to mitigate the negative consequences of fear. Fear is not necessarily good or bad but rather should be viewed as a tool to achieve success and improve performance at work, school or sport. This subtle discrimination requires introspection. We need to better understand when fear can serve us, as opposed to when our fears are irrational or based on old emotional tape recordings that we no longer desire to be run by. These old recordings are often deeply imbedded in our memory. They may be conscious or unconscious. But either way can be constructive or destructive. Fear can evoke a release of adrenaline in our bodies. The adrenaline can be adaptive when we choose the “flight” response to a threat. This “flight” response elevates our heart rate, blood pressure and breathing. It motivates our muscles to escape the harm. But repeated internal or external threats can cause our nervous system to be in chronic overdrive which can lead to harmful effects to our body, mind and emotions. Unchanneled chronic arousal can create trembling in the arms/legs, general weakness, fatigue, and memory loss.
Lessen the negative effects of fear and improve performance at work, school and sport by:
- Remembering fear is a normal human emotion that can be a key factor in harnessing your body’s physical and emotional arousal to enhance performance. Sometimes, it is natural to be afraid.
- Know the difference between your perceived fears and reality. Is your fear self-created or outside your control?
- Directly confront your fear. Do not avoid. Focus on your strengths.
- Step outside of your emotional box. Change approach and focus on finding a solution.
- Strategize to remove the fear. Frame it for yourself in a positive, optimistic manner. Bust through the challenge!
- View challenges as opportunities for healthy self-discovery.
- Anticipate. Anticipate. Anticipate. Use visual imagery to guide you to success.
- Think of fear as excitement. Excitement you want but confidently will manage.
Contact MehraVista Health at 866.684.2007 if you feel unable to remove the blocks associated with your fears. We are here to compassionately support you and help you achieve success and happiness.