What is fear?
Fear is an unpleasant feeling or emotion which arises because of insecurities, evil, pain, etc. Fear can be a perceived one or a hypothetical fear. Some fears are genuine too while some others are induced by the people and society. So, let me start this article with a few questions.
Are you a person who makes decisions based on fears?
What are your biggest fears in life?
If you get a clear answer to the above two questions. I think you are ready to understand the science of fear.
The science of fear
Even if you are a courageous person I know you still have your own fears. In fact, I’ve mine too. Fear in itself is not a bad thing. When you encounter fear your adrenal glands release adrenaline in your blood which in turn also stimulates multiple other functions.
If you are a runner and if you fear that you are losing the race, the level of blood and oxygen flowing into your muscles increases and you can run faster.
When you undergo fear, your pupils widen up so that you can see things more clearly. You must have experienced this. You react to situations better under pressure if you do not stress out.
Now, I’m sure, you agree that Fear is not that bad. In fact, sometimes it is beneficial for us. Some other times you are traumatized because of fear. This is the time when you need to strengthen yourself and take the right action. Many people choke up when they are in fear.
So, how to avoid fear?
I remember the time when I was in school. I used to be fully confident when I had done my homework but I would make excuses not to go to school whenever I would not complete my assignments. See, what induced fear in me, in the second case?
The reason for this induced fear is lack of preparedness. When you are fully prepared you don’t have any fear to face the situation.
So, fear is itself not a bad thing. However, you just have to be fully prepared for things. Confidence only comes through preparedness and preparedness comes from consistent practice.
Hone your skills and increase your ability to tackle your fears. Remember that, fear is a part of your life. You have to live with it!
“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvellously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” - Thích Nhất Hạnh.