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feeling fear

We have all felt it, whether we are watching the film our friend suggested or thinking about the future. Fear is part of our everyday lives. In some ways, it is meant to be – it is natural and is pretty much our brain telling us we are in some kind of danger. The problem starts when our brain starts telling us we should feel scared in situations when we just don’t need to be.

Fear can take on many forms. It can feel mild, but also really intense. We can feel it briefly, and other times it feels like it is never going to leave us.

Remember fear is an important emotion, it can keep you alert in situations where we are in danger. So, it is not about never feeling scared, but instead, training ourselves to feel scared when we actually need to be.

If you feel like you need some practice, take a look at the resources below for some help.

It is important to add here that, if you feel like fear, or anxiety is taking over your life, therapy can help.

Just to be clear, anxiety is not simply feeling scared. There is a difference. Anxiety is when you feel so scared, and so often that begins to affect your life in a big way. It affects your social life, work, school, sleep and everything else. If you feel like it is having a big impact on even just one area of your life, speak to someone about. Getting help nothing to be ashamed of.

Change your perspective and uncover a way forward for you!

Here are some things that can help you with that.

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The Principles of Uncertainty by Maira Kalman
Whose lives are more uncertain than an artist? Well, now you have chance to see life through the eyes of one. This autobiography is a thrilling read from start to finish.

Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling
This is obviously a classic series. If you haven't read it, now is the time. He might not be isolated, but Harry Potter has to deal with a lot of uncertainty and fear. However, he always seems to overcome it.

The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
Possibly the most famous diary ever written. Anne Frank details her experience has a Jewish girl hiding from German forces during WWII. Anne had to live with unimaginable uncertainty. It's a hard hitting read.


Eigth Grade
Kayla Day, is in the eighth grade. She is introverted but also posts videos about self-confidence online. Soon, she realises she is not the person she is pretending to be and has to accept that.

Men, Women, Children
The excessive use of the internet affects a group of teenagers and their parents as they try dealing with their relationships and self-image issues.

The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Walter Mitty works a dead-end office job, and dreams up romantic and action-filled scenarios to escape from his monotonous life. When his job is threatened, he sets out on a real journey.


Here are some playlists you might enjoy, or even bring you some comfort when you are not feeling so great.


Dyl & Friends
This episode Dyl talks to one of the world's most renowned big wave surfers and Australia's own, Mark Mathews.

The Imperfects
In this episode of The Imperfects, the hosts talk with Christian O'Connell - an award winning Breakfast radio host -about his anxiety & the panic attacks that nearly ended his career.

Fear Itself
This episode discusses the fear being broke. That's right, having no money at all.

Places to find more resources

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