Fear takes a big toll on one’s health and is, unfortunately, a fact of life.
Globally, people are in fear of catastrophes like the threat of nuclear war, nuclear fallout, weather disasters, earthquakes, cancer, plagues, widespread famine and financial collapse.
In daily living, there is the fear of losing one’s job, not meeting an important work deadline or inability to pay one’s bills. Seinfeld quipped, “There are those who would rather be in the casket than give the eulogy.” Fear of public speaking is more common than you may realize.
In his inaugural address, Roosevelt drew attention to fear that was sweeping the nation stating: “There is nothing to fear but fear itself.” He went on to clarify fear as nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.” Let’s look at this strong emotion in light of health impact and what is needed to advance.
The thesaurus offers some 30 synonyms for fear which can be easily identified with negative impact. There is an intensity in these words–panic, tremors, despair, distress, horror, fright and terror. They all engage the fight or flight response, provoking physiological changes. As stress hormones cascade, the heart pounds, breathing escalates, muscles constrict and sweat pours out. These also signal a chronic course creating exhaustion and burnout. One is propelled in a downward spiral mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually–basically in every dimension of our being if we allow it.
One of the most common fears is worrying about your health. This results from a lack of accurate knowledge and understanding. When symptoms surface and health plummets, fear of the unknown causes thoughts to run wild. The mind dwells on the worse case scenarios, and resultant stress adds to the downturn.
Accurate knowledge of and a deep reverence for the awesome human body and its capacity to heal is critical to dispel this type of fear. Some antonyms of fear–confidence, cheer, trust, comfort, and assurance –go a long way to keep fear on a highly-manageable plane. I personally like confidence, peace and contentment as byproducts of accurate knowledge and its application. It is always in that unknown where most fall prey, fearing the worst, and hastily making choices they might not otherwise make in some other arena of life.
There are several synonyms for fear that will bring a positive result. These are reverence, awe and uneasiness. Note the outcome in these examples of what can be called a healthy fear:
A person who reveres God would have deep respect; the fear of displeasing Him anchors one to a high standard of integrity. This is certainly not a bad thing.The motivation in being God-fearing would be love in relationship.
Awe of the universe is reverential respect, accompanied by fear and wonder.
Uneasiness may uproot you from your comfort zone to face a challenge and subsequently achieving your goals with personal growth.
Here are (6) key tips to reduce, control or overcome fear:
1. Learn ways to build confidence and maintain calmness.
2. Evaluate and monitor your thoughts, attitudes and actions.
3. Nourish your spirit.
4. Participate in regular relaxation activities such as massage, exercise, meditating, and downtime. Never underestimate the benefits of a walk in the woods or on the beach.
If one way be better than another, that you may be sure is nature’s way.
5. Incorporate optimal nutritional support to effectively bolster you against the negatives of stress.
6. Create a network of social support. Include those who are spiritually, emotionally and mentally wise.This would include mentors who help you to grow in these areas.
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