So this post will be about overcoming fears and phobias.
Many of us have genuine fears and phobias of various things. Having a phobia or fear of something may include: heights, creepy crawlies, insects 🐞 , snakes 🐍 , needles, your annual dental check up or going on rollercoaster rides. Some people may consider these phobias or fears as normal or irrational but I certainly don’t think it is. Hence the reason why I’m dedicating this post to overcoming those genuine fears and phobias.
What are phobias?
In my belief, phobias means to me having an intense fear of something that isn’t actually dangerous. Most phobias start when we are children and it could gradually get worse. But as adults as well, we can also have these phobias as well.
If you have a phobia, a part of you may think that it is just an irrational fear but you can’t always help how you feel. Just thinking about what scares you makes you feel anxious 😧. And when you are exposed to the fear, the feeling of anxiousness becomes too overwhelming for you.
When this feeling of overwhelm gets too much, sometimes you may go to great lengths to avoiding this fear you have.
Normal fears and irrational fears – how to tell the difference?
It is normal to experience fear in dangerous situations. Fear is the first adaptive response of a human being. It serves a purpose, turning the on button to our “flight or fight” mode. This alerts our bodies and our minds making us feel ready to respond quickly and wanting to protecting ourselves.
However, with phobias, the threat is greatly exaggerated and/or non existent. For example, it is natural to be afraid of a snarling Rottweiler. But it is completely irrational to be afraid of friendly golden retriever on a leash, as you may be if you have a dog phobia.
Common types of phobias and fears:
Natural environment phobias
Blood or injection phobias
How to overcome our phobia?
– Understanding your phobia is the first step to overcoming it.
It is crucial to know that phobias are a common thing amongst everyone. Everyone is scared of something, at least one ☝️ thing. Having a phobia doesn’t mean your crazy. your not the only one with a phobia.
When to seek help for phobias?
Although phobias are a common thing, they I don’t always cause distress or firing your life on every occasion or just generally speaking. For example if you have a snake phobia it must not always cause you any issues in your every day activities if you live in a city where you are not likely to run into one. On the other hand if you have a severe phobia of crowded spaces, living in a city would pose a problem for you.
If your phobia doesn’t really impact your life that much, it’s probably nothing to be concerned about. But if avoidance of the object, activity, or situation that triggers your phobia interferes with your normal functioning, or keeps you from doing things you would otherwise enjoy, it’s time to seek help.
Self help for phobia, Which is best??
When it comes to treating phobias, self help strategies and therapy can be helpful and both effective methods. Hate best for you depends on a number of things, including how severe your phobia is, your insurance coverage and the amount of support you need.
As a general rule, self help is always worth a try. The more you can do for yourself, the more In control you feel.
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Thanks for reading.