When fear shouldn't be ignored
Okay, lets talk more about the negative impact of fear and why it shouldn’t be ignored.
As humans, we have all experienced some type of fear. It is completely normal, rational and expectable; to have an emotional response to anything in our environment that poses a danger to our physical or mental well-being. It’s the way that we handle that fear that is most important, because it can mean the difference between us controlling our fear or our fear taking control of us.
As I’ve mentioned before, fear effects everyone differently. Symptoms can range from moderate to severe and can cause physical side effects. When we are afraid, our bodies automatically react with an increased heart rate and raised blood pressure.
We may also experience:
– Physical discomfort and pain
– Tight muscles
– Dilated pupils
– Profuse sweating
– The inability to focus
– The inability to make clear and logical decisions.
Left unmanaged it can also take away a persons ability to trust their surroundings and often leads to the mistrust of other people, as well as a fear of change due to uncertainty and often leaves them resistant to help from others.
In severe cases, it can cut them off from the rest of the world, leaving them unmotivated, preventing them from moving forward and keeping them from exploring new opportunities. People who suffer with this type of fear often exhibit self-destructive behavior.
People have a subconscious tendency to deny even the feeling of fear. Most people would prefer to shift their emotions to things like anger or depression, rather than accept their fears.
As we know, this can be due to a number of factors, including environment, upbringing, and previous experiences. Most experts believe that the key to overcoming this problem is to recognize the fear as fear, rather than defining it as something that appears similar.
People who have this problem often develop the fears they have during childhood, but rather than outgrow those fears, they have allowed them to remain rooted in their consciousness. This may not necessarily damage mental health, but it can have some unwanted effects on how a person interacts socially.
Of course, not everything about fear should be seen as a negative. It triggers our survival instincts that prevent us from taking unnecessary risks. It also triggers the body to enter survival mode when faced with extreme danger, pumping large amounts of adrenaline into the system to give ordinary humans the near-superhuman physical abilities needed to survive certain situations.
It is only when we fail to acknowledge fear that it becomes a problem. I will be going over some simple tips that will help you say no to fear whenever it tries to invade your life in some next few blogs.