Our brains are hardwired to keep us safe from threats. This is legit, when faced with imminent danger or considering doing something crazy, like skydiving.
Although, in today’s world, most of our fears are reactions to past events that may not occur again.
Or, an anticipation of new, unknown, future events. This keeps our stress levels elevated just enough to cause illness and anxiety.
There are many ways to activate the part of the brain that stimulates relaxation and calmness including:
- Progressive relaxation
- Deep Breathing
- Supportive People
Many of these tools overlap, which is great!
My two favorite ways to combat fear are through mindfulness and meditation. Combining the two leaves me feeling totally badass.
Mindfulness Overcomes Fear
Noticing the fear as it arises, paying attention to the reaction in my body and mind, and addressing the fear, diminishes it.
Recognizing that there’s not actually an immediate threat, that I’m simply reliving a prior experience or anticipating a future event helps me separate from the fear.
Meditation is a mindful practice that works best for me. It’s also been proven to boost mood, decrease stress, strengthen the immune system – basically rewire the brain from that constant stress management to relaxation.
Like anything worthwhile – this takes practice. Even a few short minutes every day can begin to diminish our fears.
I’ve put together one of my favorite mindfulness meditations to overcome fear.
No talk of auras or chakras. Just a simple focus on being in the present moment, being mindful of our thoughts, and bringing attention to our breath.
You can download it here so you have it to take with you in your phone and plug into it anytime you’d like!