Worldwide pandemics. Global warming. Local weather emergencies. Below are five helpful ways to ease your fears amidst the swirling uncertainty.
Identify triggers. Facing fear is the first tool. If you ignore your fear, the anxiety over it may linger. Instead, identify the things in life that are causing you to fear. Is it a person, place, activity, social media platform, event, or memory? Once you identify the trigger, determine how you can adjust your thoughts, interactions, and habits to minimize or eliminate the trigger in the first place. You can journal your fear-based thoughts to get them out of your mind. Release them as you write. Naming the fear, rather than ignoring it, gives you power over it.
Analyze the situation. Allow yourself to look at the reality of the situation and possible outcomes. If the worst possible outcome were to happen, what would be a healthy, productive way to respond? “The most powerful words in the universe are the words you say to yourself” (Marie Forleo, Everything Is Figureoutable). So, what are you saying to yourself about the situation?
Complete a task. Accomplishing a task can spark a feeling of joy, temporarily directing your attention to something other than the fear or anxiety. It doesn’t have to be a complicated task; it may be as simple as taking out the trash. Just do something that puts you into action.
Meditate. To meditate, begin with pausing and recognizing how your body is responding to the current moment. What are you thinking? What do you physically feel? Break free from the fear habit by slowing down your breath. Feel all the feelings, then release them. Meditation goes hand in hand with the last tool — focusing on affirmations.
Focus on affirmations. Overcome fear by speaking positive truths in your mind and aloud. A few to practice include: All situations are temporary. I’ve survived all of the difficult moments of my past. Every breath I take fills my soul with ease. I am calm and mindful.