Are you constantly held back by fear?
Are there things you want to do, but you aren’t doing them because you are anxious & fearful?
Feeling fear is a normal and natural human response, it keeps us safe, but when the fear response is triggered constantly and the response is disproportionate to the perceived threat, life gets very tiring and difficult for that individual.
Imagine that you are skydiving. You’re right above the drop zone, and the coach is screaming last-minute instructions before you jump out of a plane right to the hard, unyielding ground 13,000 feet below.
Your pulse is racing and you wonder what madness possessed you to climb aboard this aircraft which is going to mercilessly toss you out in a minute. Your imagination goes into overdrive.
Do these “experts” really know what they’re talking about? How could you even possibly think that you can place your life on the hands of mad strangers who make a living jumping out of aeroplanes? Oh no! This is not going to work, the chute is not going to open, you’re going to crash, you know it you know it …
Well, this is exactly the thoughts that would go through the mind of any normal person just before he or she is about to jump off an aircraft.
Just because you don’t want to look like an absolute loser, you close your eyes and jump. After the initial few moments of abject terror, you start enjoying the free fall, the chute opens, and you land on Earth. It’s the most fun you have ever had.
But why did your mind torture you up there when you knew that you were going to have a great time? It’s because fear can grow on practically anything.
How does fear work?
If there is fear in your mind, your imagination will create a channel for the fear to flow through, even if there is nothing life threatening that is happening at the moment. Even if there is nothing to fear, you may sometimes actually be scared.
In a state of fear, your imagination provides a lot of inputs for your mind to consider as real evidence. So fear will make up stuff and then get you to believe it. Uncontrollable fear is often because of a very colourful imagination. One of the most efficient ways to quell your fears is to train your imagination through hypnosis*.
Fear is not always bad. It can be a great motivator provided you get just the right amount of scared at just the right time. But the problem is that it can actually cause you to move away from things that are good for you. Fear is pretty much like a fierce guard dog. You just need to train it properly and it will be a reliable companion which will alert you to danger.
Tell your instincts what to do
It is up to you to tell your instincts what to do. Your instincts pick up cues about what is dangerous and what is not from the degree of emotions that you feel when you think about something.
When you avoid doing something because of fear, then the fear instinct learns that a similar situation is life threatening and will attempt to help you by building and reinforcing the fear. But if you consistently make yourself calm even while doing something that actually is life threatening, the fear instinct decreases for that particular activity. The logic of your instincts is that it can’t really be life-threatening, else you wouldn’t be doing it.
Retrain your instincts through Hypnotherapy For Anxiety*
The secret to controlling your fear is to train your instincts by behaving in a particular way. Make yourself feel calm when you imagine yourself in a fearful situation. This will train your instincts to produce a sense of calm even when the situation actually transpires. The best time to do this is during hypnosis*. Anxiety hypnosis can be used to prime your fear instinct and hypnotically rehearse fearful situations while feeling relaxed and calm*.
Most of the time, you are involuntarily hypnotizing yourself by feeling anxious when you think about an upcoming fearful situation. Anxiety hypnosis associates calmness with fearful situations and helps you approach life in a non-fearful manner*.
When you have hypnotized yourself a few times, you will have a very strong visualization of the event while feeling calm*. Then it becomes difficult not to feel calm during the challenging situation. And this is because your instincts do not know the difference between what you imagine in your mind and what you really experience.
If you feel like anxiety and fear is taking over your life, remember that help is at hand. Anxiety hypnosis can lead you right out of this fearful rut*.
Last updated: August 9th 2016
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