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Having difficulty with stress and anxiety can result in feelings of fear and can sometimes be paralyzing. People tend to avoid certain situations that make them anxious. Unfortunately, if we do not take steps to work through the anxiety, our lives may be limited by what we are afraid of. Here are some suggestions to assist you in overcoming your fears in order to progress towards your goals. challenging your anxiety by stepping out of your comfort zone will actually bring you more serenity.
"Being brave isn’t the absence of fear.
Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it."
— Bear Grylls
Take small steps to build your self esteem:
Write down a list of smaller goals that will help you gradually make progress towards your ultimate goal. As you complete the smaller steps and repeat them, you will build confidence and become comfortable with exactly what made you anxious in the first place.
Coach yourself by changing your self defeating thoughts:
Part of what makes us so anxious is the thoughts that run through our minds which tell to be afraid of our challenge and that we will fail if we try. When you hear those negative thoughts in your head, turn them around. Tell yourself that you can do this. Tell yourself that you will be okay and that you can succeed. Our thoughts affect our feelings about ourselves and in turn, affects our behavior. If you can change your thoughts, you can change your behavior.
Avoidance is a key concept with anxiety. People avoid whatever makes them anxious. In order to reduce your anxiety, it is important to consider slowly engaging in the very thing that makes you anxious. This is the definition of, “Getting outside of your comfort zone. "If you do the same thing, you get the same results. If you try something different, you may be pleasantly surprised at how you grow as a person.
Prepare in advance:
A major source of anxiety and stress is being unprepared for an event or situation that means very much to a person. Do everything possible to think of possible outcomes to your addressing the situation. Then you can prepare a response or reaction. You may also research on the event. If you want to speak in public, then research public speaking. Watch others and talk to those that speak in public. From research comes knowledge, and knowledge results in more confidence.
Use your support network:
When you are trying a new endeavor, call on a trusted friend, mentor, colleague or family member to share the experience. Ask them to discuss how they overcame a difficult fear and faced it. You will not have to go it alone and will also learn someone’s techniques.