Facing Your Fears

How Stress Can Affect Your Health

Fear is a humbling, sometimes crippling, reaction we have to a real or imagined threat. From an evolutionary perspective, fear served us well and contributed to our successful existence by warding us away from certain places and certain people that might otherwise be harmful. Fear became a powerful trigger for us to make the classic choice of either fight or flight contributing to the “survival of the fittest” by winning the fight or avoiding it altogether.

Nowadays, fear can still be helpful in many situations, even without the sabre-tooth tigers. If we walk down a dimly lit street late at night, we might experience the chest-tightening fear of being assaulted and therefore bypass the street, and the threat.

For our physical and mental well-being, fear must be controlled because it is a stressor, and stress contributes to the low-grade inflammation that we all carry. This inflammation makes us more susceptible to insulin resistance and therefore contributes to increased body fat storage, overweight, and obesity.

To face your fears and get more of what you want, first address the actual problem.  This applies whether or not the actual problem is real or imagined. As it relates to fear, our default state should be neutral, yet many of us operate on a low-grade level of stress so our fear is not far behind.

If addressing the actual problem is not possible, address your state (how you feel) directly.  Your state can be modified based on your expectations, your resources, and those around you. Remember all the little, and not so little, examples of how you are capable of taking on problems like the one you are dealing with. Remind yourself how capable you are, what you deserve, and what you have worked hard to achieve.

Facing fears may take practice, but there is virtually nothing the brain cannot accept and step up to. What are you afraid of that has recently held you back?  Whatever it is, take small steps to overcoming it through smaller trial runs of facing those fears. You created the fear that is in your head, so now you just have to replace it with newer, brighter, fresher images that crowd out your old way of thinking and you will be well on your way to creating the life you want.

 

Rod Macdonald is the Vice President of canfitpro. For more information on canfitpro, please visit www.canfitpro.com. For more information on Rod, please visit www.chooseyourattittudeandchangeyourlife.com 

 

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