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.
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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Mark Manson argues that life's struggles give it meaning, and that the mindless positivity of typical self-help books is neither practical nor helpful. Strap yourself in for this one.
Man's Search For Meaning by Victor E. Frankl Psychiatrist Viktor Frankl's lived in the in Nazi death camps and survived. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.
The Wisdom of Insecurity by Alan W. Watts
Watts addresses our need to be certain and turns it on its head. He shows how the fear that comes with insecurity is something to embraced.
Brene Brown: The Call to Courage
You have probably heard the name Brene Brown mentioned somewhere by now. In this documentary she discusses what it takes to choose courage over comfort in today's culture.
Chiron, a young African-American boy, finds guidance in Juan, a drug dealer, who teaches him to carve his own path. As he grows up in Miami, Juan's advice leaves a lasting impression on him.
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.
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