Fear is a natural reaction of our body to dangers and threats. It is supposed to ensure our survival and has developed during our evolution. Think of a threatening situation: Our body activates the "fight or flight" system and releases stress hormones to quickly respond to the threat. So, fear is something very human.
But what happens when fear starts to dominate our lives?
If we are constantly afraid and fear things that actually pose no threat, we speak of an anxiety disorder. This chronic fear can lead to various problems such as sleep disorders, panic attacks, or even cardiovascular diseases. Sometimes these anxiety disorders arise from traumatic experiences or negative experiences in childhood.
And then there is our modern society. It bombards us with negative news and threats. We feel pressured to always be successful and perfect, which can additionally generate fear.
If you feel controlled by your fear, it is important to seek professional help. Therapy can help identify and treat the causes of your fear.
There are also everyday fears, like the one before an exam or a job interview. In such cases, it can help to remember that the fear at this moment is actually unfounded. Breathing exercises or mindfulness meditations can also be helpful in reducing fear.
Here are a few tips that can help you better manage your fear:
Relaxation techniques: Yoga, meditation, progressive muscle relaxation, and breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety and stress.
Lifestyle changes: Adequate sleep, regular exercise, a balanced diet, and abstaining from drugs and alcohol can reduce the risk of anxiety disorders.
Self-help: Keep a diary, learn stress management techniques, and build a support network of friends and family.
Finally, remember this: Fear is a natural protective mechanism. Sometimes it can even be helpful. There is no cure-all for fear, but you can learn to manage it better and not let it dominate your life.