11 Powerful Ways to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
— 2 Timothy 1:7

One of the complicated downsides of being able to think and reason is the ability to feel fear and anxiety, even when neither are warranted. Fear and anxiety can serve as helpful cues that there may be a situation that deserves caution, but after this is accomplished, they actually cause more harm than good.

When I was in my teens, fear of heights was a very real thing for me. I would go to the amusement park with my friends and while everyone ran to the lines for the highest and fastest roller coasters, I would look forward to sitting on the nearest bench so I could people watch. My friends wouldn’t mind because they had someone to hold their bags while they had all the fun, but I always had the feeling that I was missing out.

I had no real reason to fear heights because I’d never had any traumatic experiences where heights were concerned. I couldn’t figure out the root of my fear until I realized I wasn’t really afraid of heights as much as I was afraid of falling with no safety net.

I made up scenarios in my head where I would fall to the ground and ended up crippled or even worse, dead.

All of this was made up in my head. I’d never experienced falling from any building anywhere. I gave you that scenario to make the point that you create your own fear and anxiety. You can also create your own peace and serenity.

Unless you’ve had a real traumatic experience, you have control over your thoughts. You can either live in constant fear of life experience or live in peace. It’s your choice!

11 Powerful Ways to Overcome Fear and Anxiety

11 Powerful Ways Overcome Fear

Choose to minimize the effects of fear and anxiety in your life:

1.  Breath Sister Breath: Breathing is the fastest way to derail fear and anxiety. When faced with fearful thoughts or situations, we begin breathing quickly and shallowly.

This begins a cascade of physiological events that escalates the feeling of fear and anxiety. It’s possible to circumvent this process by breathing deeply and slowly.  Try breathing quickly and shallowly for 60 seconds and see how you feel. Now try breathing slower and deeper. Notice the differences.

2. Talk yourself down: Continue behaving as you would if there were nothing to fear and speak to the fear by saying to the fearful part of yourself that everything is okay. A lot of thoughts will be zipping back and forth in your head, most not true. Recognize the truth of the situation and act as if everything is fine, your brain will begin to believe it.  

3. Spend time with supportive friends and family: A night on the town can work wonders to relieve stress and anxiety. A long, meaningful talk over a cup of coffee can be very beneficial.  Have positive expectations. Fear and anxiety are the result of expecting the worst. When you expect the best, you can’t feel afraid. You’ll feel excited instead.

4. Start small: Take small steps towards overcoming your fear until you get to the big one.  

5. Let it go: It’s common for fear and anxiety in one part of your life to bleed over into other parts of your life. A rough morning meeting with the boss could ruin the rest of your day if you let it. Once the event is over, decide to either let it go and move on or confront how you felt in that situation and do something that will help you deal with it like prayer. Prayer always helps you release stress and anxiety because you are leaving all your cares with Jesus.  

6. Sweat it out: The chemicals that your body releases during times of fear and anxiety can last quite a while. One easy way to get rid of them is to exercise. Work up a sweat and work up those endorphin's, chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers, and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress.

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7. Reward yourself: After dealing successfully with a challenging situation, celebrate. This will help teach your brain that these stressful situations have a positive outcome. Buy yourself something small or do something enjoyable. Anything that puts you in a good mood is a good choice.

8. Take action: If you’re worried, do something to resolve the source of your worry. By taking action, you’re taking responsibility. You also become more focused on your plan, which takes your mind away from your worries. The more you do to resolve the situation, the less fear and anxiety you’ll feel.

9. Distract yourself: Sometimes there’s nothing you can do about the situation. In those cases, distractions can provide relief. Ensure that your distractions are positive, such as reading something beneficial or getting some exercise. Go to your safe place. Your safe place can be your prayer closet, playing your instrument, quiet reading space, a park or the beach.  At the very least, avoid distractions that are unhealthy or lead to additional challenges.

10. Speak positive words:  Keep your mind focused on positive thoughts by saying positive things to yourself. Remind yourself of God's promises. Philippians 4:8 reminds us to think on things that are positive so that we can stay on course with God’s purpose and live healthy lives. How you talk to yourself affects your mood and experience.

Fear and anxiety can be crippling if allowed to go too far. There are many techniques for minimizing these negative emotions and you have to be intentional about using them if you want to live a healthy life void of fear and anxiety. Those that feel fear and anxiety on a regular basis are experts at generating these feelings.

Become an expert at generating feelings of peace and comfort, instead. It just takes practice.


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Until next time, 
Live in gratitude. Live in love. 

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