Setbacks caused by Fear and how to conquer Fear

Setbacks caused by Fear and how to conquer Fear

Sadly , Dr. Fear Not/ Akili Timau was not able to make it to ‘Wacha niKwambie Uzima’ studio today as agreed to tackle the subject of ‘setbacks in life caused by fear’ and ‘tactics in conquering fear’ but he went the extra mile and prepared for us all short notes that we can use for our reference:

Setbacks caused by fear:
ü It causes one to live a life of fallacy since a majority of fears never come into being. Most fears are based on worst case scenarios that never happen.
ü It is a negative emotion that can take rein of our lives if not managed well.
ü Most fears have to do with the fear of loss.
ü Fear stifles clear thinking, thought and action.
ü Fear can impede one from having God’s plans fulfilled in ones life.
ü Fear steals minutes of joy, peace and contentment from ones life.
ü Some resort to destructive habits to cope with their fears.
ü Unmanaged and long term fear weakens the immune system and causes a myriad of other health problems e.g. cardiovascular and gastrointestinal problems.
ü Fear can offset depression, fatigue and may accelerate aging and cause premature death.
However if fear is used well it can propel us into greater conquests, protect us from harm. For example having an alcoholic parent can make one fear the negative consequences of alcohol abuse.
How to conquer ones fears:
ü Call out to our Creator, trust him with your fears and anxieties and affirm spiritual truths concerning fear.
ü It calls for will power to conquer debilitating fear.
ü Talk to someone  or write/ journal  about your fear.
ü Consciously remember that on average 80% of fears do not happen!
ü Think and rethink what is the worst case scenario that could happen if you did what you feared.
ü Expose yourself to the source of fear…. Over time your fear will be numbed.
ü Reward yourself for being fearless.
ü Value courage over security.
ü Seek counseling.
Seek medical advice if fear presents as follows:
‘It causes intense and disabling fear, anxiety, and panic.
You recognize that your fear is excessive and unreasonable.
You avoid certain situations and places because of your phobia.
Your avoidance interferes with your normal routine or causes significant distress.
You’ve had the phobia for at least six months.’
© Kwambie Nyambane,
January 2016
Disclaimer: Dr. Fear Not/ Akili Timamu is a figment of the writer’s imagination.
References
http://www.helpguide.org/articles/anxiety/phobias-and-fears.htm
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-conquer-fear-4-mental-tricks.html