How to Break the Cycle of Irrational Fears

· August 14, 2016

Who hasn’t felt afraid before? Fear is a completely normal response to things that alert us of danger and activate our survival instincts. But when you feel fear for no reason, it becomes potentially immobilizing. This is what we call “irrational fear.”

“Don’t give up, please don’t give in, even when the cold burns, even when the fear bites, even when the sun disappears and the wind stops.”

-Mario Benedetti-

If you suffer from an irrational fear, you should try to counter it as soon as possible if you want to experience all that life has to offer.

Don’t be afraid of fear

To overcome your fear, the first thing you have to do is recognize that it’s up to you to make the decision to face it.

The only one who can face your own fear is yourself. Nobody else can overcome it for you. Doing so will make you stronger and more resistant to fears that come later.

Every challenge, every new thing you do will cause you to feel afraid, but is that a bad thing? Absolutely not. Fear keeps us alert, pushes us to challenge ourselves and take much bigger steps.

How can we stop ourselves from being afraid of fear?

  • Trust in yourself and your potential to face your fears.
  • Replace your fear with positive emotions.
  • When you feel afraid, take action. Don’t let it paralyze you.
  • See fear as an opportunity to learn how to overcome something new.
tightrope man

There’s a lot of advice that you could apply to eliminate your fears. You should choose the best way that works for you and put into practice so you can break from the cycle of irrational fear.

You can get something positive out of anything. Irrational fear isn’t all bad, as it can be an opportunity to change your reaction to it.

If you’re afraid of something, express it! This will help you to recognize it, to see it with new eyes and overcome it in a better way. Don’t think it’s possible? Try it!

“Know yourself, accept yourself, improve yourself.”

-Saint Thomas Aquinas-

Trust in your potential and think positive thoughts that help you face the irrational fears that haunt you and harm your well-being.

See fear with new eyes

Once you’ve acknowledged your fear and you’re ready to trust in yourself, it’s time to look at fear with new eyes.

Closing your eyes to fear won’t make it disappear. It’s everyone’s initial reaction, but in reality it’s useless and foolish.

fearful woman

Think of how many times you’ve been afraid there was something in your house. Why do you close your eyes and hide under the covers? Does this make the thing you’re afraid of go away?

All you’re really doing is ignoring the situation, thinking that paying no attention to it is a solution.

“Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.”

-Madame Curie-

Unfortunately, that’s not how it happens. Acknowledging your fear is the only way to overcome it, because before you can overcome it, you first have to understand it.

Do you want to live with fear your whole life, or do you want to get rid of it for good?

If you decide to get rid of it for good, or at least know how to cope with it properly whenever it appears, the first thing you have to do is stop running away from it.

If you run away from your fears, they’ll follow you for the rest of your life. Like everything else in life, there comes a point where you get tired of running, until you finally turn around and face it.

Confront your fears, and when you do, you’ll discover that they weren’t as powerful as you thought.

If you feel weighed down by your fears, listen to them! Get to know them, reflect on them, and you’ll be able to solve them more easily.

Look your fears in the eye and don’t let them intimidate you. You are stronger than your fear. Trust in yourself and believe in your potential. Don’t let them conquer you!