5 Ways to Overcome Your Greatest Fears

“There is no illusion greater than fear.” ― Lao Tzu

Fear can be either a great motivator or a fierce roadblock. It can paralyze you professionally and even keep you from achieving your dreams. But how do you overcome fear?

Fear can actually make you sick

Whenever your mind and body experience fear, your fight-or-flight response kicks in. This trauma can physically disable your body’s natural self-repair mechanisms–what we need to ward off illness. Overcoming fear isn’t something that happens instantly or automatically. It is the  conscious and deliberate action of doing those things that scare you.

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 19 million people in the United States alone suffer from mental illnesses that involve irrational fear responses. These disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Fear distorts real life and makes it almost impossible to render logical decisions. Making it difficult to face life’s most challenging problems–money, relationships, health, spirituality, work, and many others.

If you want to eliminate your negative thoughts, worries and anxieties, use these techniques to empower yourself and make the changes that will help you feel more relaxed, energized, healthier and happier. Used alone or in combination, these methods will not only expand your horizons, but help you move on to bigger and better things.

Just as most of your fears were learned (aside from loud noises and bright lights as a newborn), you can also learn to conquer them.

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