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How to Overcome Your Fears

Everyone fears something. It might be a spider scurrying across the kitchen floor. It could be the feeling of falling through the air, or someone jumping out from behind a closed door. Whatever they are, fears prove to be a challenge in our lives. Many people live as though governed by their fears as if what they fear defines who they are. Well, no longer does that have to be the case.

In today’s post, the 22 Slate Blog is exploring the depths of human fears. How can we overcome them? Is it possible? We’re happy to say that the answer to both those questions is yes! If you’re thinking of a fear, why not put it to the test to see how it holds up — the test to see how strong your fears truly are.

Show Gratitude
Yes, that’s right, a gratitude list can help. When around your fear (we’ll pretend that you’re in an interview) it’s a good idea to focus on what you’re grateful for. Don’t think about what’s making you scared or nervous. If you’re in an interview, you can literally express your gratitude for the opportunity to those performing the interview. You can also just smile and think about how grateful you are, knowing you were able to meet with someone that really wants to listen to what you have to share. If you’re sitting in your apartment in Madison, WI, make a list of things that you’re grateful for. The key here is moving your attention away from the thing that’s scaring you.

Make Time to Talk
If you have a close friend or family member, meet up with them or simply call them. This person is someone that you can confide in. Express your fears to them. Let them know what’s bothering you. Not only will doing this lift a burden off your chest, but odds are, they might have some of the same fears as you. Maybe they have ways to overcome them that you haven’t even thought of.

Emotional Freedom Techniques
EFT, or Emotional Freedom Techniques, are simple yet powerful exercises. While this link will provide most of the information that you’ll be looking for, the basic understanding is centered around using your fingertips to tap certain areas of your body while you think about different fears that you have. Doing this correctly can help relieve some of your fears, if not eliminating them completely.

Write
In addition to writing down what you’re grateful for, it’s also a great idea to write down your fears. According to the Huffington Post, writing down your fears gets you halfway to letting go of them.

Stop letting your fears define you and seize control of your life. If you have any tips about overcoming fears, please share them in the comments below so that we can all benefit from your ideas.