“. . . is fear itself.” This statement was made by Franklin D Roosevelt during his March 4th, 1933 inaugural address. It is more powerful now than it was then. Why? Because fear is an illusion designed to keep you stressed and not focusing on what it important.
Fear and its cousins, worry and anxiety, produce a stress response in your body. The “flight or fight” syndrome that floods you with cortisol and adrenaline. These combine to create inflammation, the root cause of most all diseases.
Fear is the belief that you have no control over the unknown. Who does? You can’t control people so their behavior is always an unknown. Fear keeps you unable to access your inner resources and guidance to find solutions or just a different view of the situation.
How do you stay out of fear? Accept the fact that the only thing you can control is you and your response. Like attracts like, so put the brakes on those negative thoughts. Let’s say you just lost your job. Yes, that is scary and brings fear. Allow yourself some time to process those emotions. The loss of anything brings grief. Feel that and notice where in your body you feel the most pain. Be gentle and care for your body. Breathe deep and allow yourself some rest. When you can calm your body’s response and slow down your breathing, you will be able to think clearly.
When you stay in fear, your questions become statements. “I can’t afford this or that.” “I won’t find a job earning what I was.” “I don’t have benefits.”
Begin with having gratitude for what you have. This puts you in the mindset of receiving. Review your skills, such as updating your resume. What skills do you have that you might not have been utilizing? Can you act upon them? Do you have the resources to work from home? Who do you network with? These questions help you focus on positive, action-oriented thoughts, and will guide you to next steps. Visualize that the right job is waiting for you.
Do you see how this changes? Fear and negativity put you in the mode of creating beliefs; the kind you don’t want to keep in your mind. When you move into a state of calm and express gratitude, your thoughts become questions which open up possibilities. Then you can use your visualization skills to attract the perfect situation.
Worry and fear is running rampant, and global media gets all jiggy with hyping that up. Avoid it as much as possible. Instead, go for a walk or sit in nature. Absorb the sun and beauty of the outdoors. Get a little exercise to release any tension in your body. Getting on, in or near water is very calming. Nature is the best anti-anxiety medicine ever and it is free. Use your nose to breathe as much as possible. Mouth breathing is shallow and activates the stress response. Meditate, or just sit quietly and let your thoughts roll through your head.
If you wish that this worry and fear would go away, don’t feed it. Take control of your thoughts, and keep them in the realm of higher energy. Everything you need is within you. Honor that. Listen to yourself. Love yourself. Care for your being as though it is the most precious thing you have. That is how you destroy fear.