Fear in humans is an emotional and physiological response to the perception of loss of control. It is a biological warning signal – an alert – about perceived danger.
These perceived threats can be physical or psychological.
When this state is triggered our bodies release hormones – epinephrine, norepinephrine, and cortisol which increase our level of alertness and thus prepare us to react to the danger.
DANCE WITH IT! EXPERIENTIAL APPS
An opportunity to experiment with some fun ideas...
Here are three helpful steps to take in dealing with fear:
1) Ask yourself if the perceived threat is physical or psychological.
(Physical harm can cause injury - psychological harm can cause a risk to our self perception.)
2) Now ask yourself what is actually at risk.
3) Use the physiological effects of your fear to help you deal with the situation.
One and two are self explanatory. Let’s talk about #3.
Remember all those hormones that get dumped into our bodies when we experience fear? Our heartbeat increases, our breathing deepens, our visual acuity can improve. We can feel more alert and stronger.
So how can we optimize and use all of this?
Holding our breath, an old pattern from many of our childhoods, is only going to get in the way! In reality the opposite reaction optimizes our power.
Breathe deeply and experience this heightened sense of awareness. Actually feel the energy moving through your body – perhaps in the form of a tingling sensation.
Remind yourself that these sensations are a gift ...
After all – isn’t this what excitement feels like?
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