I used to be afraid of everything, I worried constantly about things that was completely out of my control. I lived inside of fear, afraid of losing things and people, afraid of the what ifs. Fear was always with me and it kept me from moving forward and growing. Fear caused anxiety, and anxiety would tell me of all the possible bad things waiting for me. I think it’s ok to feel afraid as long as fear does not control our mind, will and emotions. If you are like me, with serious illnesses, fear and anxiety play major roles in our lives.
There was a famous line used in the inaugural address of Franklin D. Roosevelt that I live by. “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.”
Here are some things that I do to keep my fear and anxiety levels under control while I face some of the biggest struggles of my life:
1. I stop and ask myself, “what am I really afraid of?” If I can pinpoint my own fear, that’s half the battle and at that point I will know how to fight fear and anxiety.
2. What is the worst that can happen? If it’s uncertainty, I find solutions however I can.
3. I decide that no matter what happens, I have to face my fear. I make a conscious choice to have enough courage to fight my fears. I can sit back and look at my fear and think about all of the worst possible things and never move forward and live paralyzed, or I can look fear in the eye and walk right past it.
4. I know that what I get out of life is what I put into life.
I know that when I choose to fight my fears and face my greatest struggles, then I will gain my greatest strength.
What are some things you do to overcome fear and anxiety?