SANTA MONICA, Calif., March 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- How does fear show up in our lives and do we handle it as well as we would like to? Thinking clearly and not letting fear control you are essential to deal with stress during the national health emergency.
"Dealing with fear isn't really fun, and many people would like to avoid or deny it," says work style and human behavior expert Dana Borowka.
Borowka has over 25 years of human behavioral consulting and counseling experience.
"Fear is much like our shadow; no matter how hard we run, it's going to chase us," says Borowka.
Borowka is a nationally renowned speaker and former radio personality on human behavior. He is the author of the books, Cracking the Personality Code, Cracking the Business Code and Cracking the High-Performance Team Code. He is CEO of Lighthouse Consulting Services, an in-depth and work style assessment and consulting firm.
Fear or stress can feel overwhelming at times. So, how can we manage it better? The following are ten ideas from Borowka on how to get a handle on fear:
- Get a reality check on fear. Fear can become bigger and bigger in our minds until it takes on unrealistic proportions.
- Break the mesmerism of fear. It is very easy to obsess over fear. Breaking the pattern, taking a break, finding a distraction, getting support, etc. can help.
- Anxiety can help us to grow. George Herbert once said, "Storms make oaks take deeper root." It can be very uncomfortable and even terrifying to face our fears, but at the same time, we can develop a more stable foundation in ourselves.
- Find a balance between working on your own issues and helping others. As Lewis Carroll stated, "One of the deep secrets of life is that all that is really worth doing is what we do for others." Finding ways to help others, by volunteering and such, can help put our own fears into perspective.
- Develop a support network. It is much easier to face fear and difficulties with the help of others. Find someone who can gently, but firmly help you to handle the anxiety and not to enable your fears.
- Pick your battles carefully. Don't try to resolve everything at once. If possible, work on one fear at a time and use small steps to making change.
- There is a time and a place for everything. In a world where many people believe problems must be fixed ASAP, I have a different theory about fear and change.
- Don't give up and let it take over. The old saying to get back on the horse, after it has bucked you off, is so true. Plus, the longer we wait to get back on that old horse, the harder it will be.
- Find your anchor. What is your true purpose in life? What is your top priority? Find something solid to trust in, something to lean upon. I once read, "Not until tomorrow do we sometimes see clearly enough to appreciate the gifts of today."
- Watch out for addictive behavior. Many people use substances (like alcohol, drugs or food), events (like sex or shopping) and even people to numb out fear. If you find this to be true for you, seek out help.
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