Fight your fears; Overcome phobias for the sake of your mental health

There’s a ‘Boogeyman’ that scares us all

New Delhi: There is a certain “Boogeyman” that scares us all, except we tend to avoid talking about it and living it for fear of being triggered or upset. Phobias tend to bog us down mentally and cause a lot of distress. In reality, however, these phobias or fear of something pose no real threat.
Common phobias include fear of spiders, snakes, water, heights, driving, darkness, enclosed spaces, etc. Doctors believe these fears are irrational and can be overcome through therapy and meditation. It is extremely important to fight them to avoid several other accompanying mental health issues later on.

What are the signs of a phobia?

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There are several signs and symptoms you may see in someone with a particular phobia. These range from physical and mental indicators that tend to worsen if not treated in time.

  1. labored breathing
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. chest pain
  4. Trembling
  5. Stomach ache
  6. Dizziness and nausea
  7. Hot flashes and extreme sweating
  8. Panic attack
  9. Choking feeling
  10. Losing control of the senses

Facing your fears

Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “What doesn’t kill makes you stronger”. And so, it is very important to face your fears and overcome them. No matter how out of control you feel, overcoming your anxiety is not impossible.

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Here are some tips for people struggling with daily fears:

  • Take long breaths: It’s natural to take long, labored breaths in the face of anxiety-inducing fear, so just take long, labored breaths until you start to feel normal. Don’t get distracted or distracted, and breathe slowly and normally.
  • Exercise: Exercise and workouts help you focus. Take at least 30-45 minutes a day to sweat. A short walk, jog, bike ride, or even yoga can calm your mind and make you feel mentally strong and more capable.
  • Think of the worst case scenario: The human mind is capable of thinking and imagining the worst. Imagine the worst that can happen and the fear will dissipate.
  • Get professional help: There are many therapies – psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy, etc. – that can help you overcome your fears. So talk openly to the counselor who may be able to suggest ways to help you.
  • At the end of the line : The most important way to deal with fear is to be kind to yourself and to be positive in life. Fears come and go, but mental toughness can take you far.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or dietician before starting any fitness program or making any changes to your diet.

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