What is the fear?
Fear is an ancient emotion as much as the world and we feel it when we experience a threat or a danger inside or outside us.
There are many ways to express your fears. It is actually a natural emotion, which protect us from the dangers and are important to allow us to survive in imminent risk.
In fact, when we are in threatening situations for our safety, our minds and our bodies activate automatically and very quickly, producing attack or escape behaviors.
Just for this reason fear is a completely automatic and physiological response that protects us from danger, activating the body to react in mode:
- Escape to be able to save
- In cases of intolerable fear there is immobility in the face of danger
The Symptoms of Fear
- Increased heart rate, which allows us to react faster
- Increased cardiac activity, which facilitates blood flow and rapidly sends sugars and oxygen to the body
- Breathing also changes due to muscle tension that obstructs lung expansion
- There may be tingling and a feeling of drowsiness or hot flashes for increased blood pressure
- All the muscles tighten and tense, because prepare to shoot if necessary
- The field of vision narrows and the pupil dilates to favor the focus
- Digestion is interrupted because energies are used to activate the body against danger
- The focus of thought is centered on the danger, causing a sense of self-extraneousness
Fear is a useful emotion to protect us, but sometimes it can become a problem …
We have said that fear is a natural emotion that produces adaptation responses when you need to be ready to face a sudden and imminent danger.
When fear becomes a problem?
Fear becomes a problem when it is associated, not to a danger to one’s life, but to an unfavorable fear or concern.
In these cases, the normal flow of life suffers, because the thought of how to avoid fear and the situations that create it is shifted.
Sometimes anxiety and fear overlap.
Many people who live in this condition end up retreating from the world and lock themselves in a shell of suffering.
What to do?
Escape from fearful situations does nothing but exaggerate the problem.
In fact, rather than fleeing, it would be more appropriate to face our fears, possibly in a gradual and conscious manner.
- Trying to understand what really makes us fear is very important. So let’s try to identify clearly what the threat is and what we feel.
- We assess the magnitude of the danger and actually understand if the danger is real or exists only in our minds.
- We are not the only ones to be afraid … We are all afraid! Everyone can have anxiety, anxiety and fear. Then do not feel wrong or different.
- We abandon our comfort zone that is the set of habits that reassure us but keep us locked.
- We seek in our personal history the connections with our fears. Everything is born from our experience.
- We learn to appreciate and improve our self-esteem
- We learn to manage emotional load with Autogenic Training