Fear and Anxiety

Fear and Anxiety

Fear is meant to enhance peace by alerting you to anything that endangers your well-being. But when ignored, it can create a living nightmare when it is felt frequently over a long time and may spike into panic. Oftentimes the source of trouble is vague or unknown, or EVERYTHING seems unsafe.

With no remedy, the threat remains, so fear keeps trying to do its job. When you are unable to move from the path of the oncoming train, the danger increases and the fear screams louder, furthering the paralysis. You can see fear is not the problem, but rather the response.

Here’s a practice to focus some “quality time” with your protective thoughts. Get comfortable, breathe slowly and deeply.  Ask your fear what is threatening you and what specifically is threatened: your body, income, dignity? Suppose the feared thing happens, ask what will be bad about that, what will happen then.

“Worst case is I miss the plane, then what? I have to catch the next one, what will that involve. I will miss a meeting; I can call and notify them. I may loose face or lose their business. I can apologize and make it up to them. I could lose my job, then what? Be out on the street… I could die.”

You may not need to go that far, but pain and death are the end game of every worst case. Any of these thoughts may begin to bring relief.  Missing a plane is not so bad compared to death. If action is called for, fears will return until you act to remedy the situation.