We are all afraid of something or other. At times this fear is illogical, but we still cannot overcome them. When this fear escalates manifolds, it is called a phobia. Phobias generally crop up from some childhood trauma and stay on for life. The good news is that it is possible to overcome it. Below are some techniques that might help.
What Can You Do?
Gradually expose yourself to the thing you fear the most, and then withdraw when your anxiety becomes excessive. The next time, push yourself a bit further, and so on, till the fear goes away for good.
Biofeedback gives the anxious person the opportunity to view their physiological responses to stress. It is hoped that such awareness can eventually lead to better relaxation techniques.
Get help from the partnership method
In order to face any phobia, having the company of a friend might be helpful. You will have the courage to face your fears head-on.
Attend a support group
Support groups help you realize that you aren’t alone, or weird or losing your mind. Being around like-minded people who want to get better increases your chances of recovery.
A form of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) that can be done using self-help books, self-help groups, or online self-help programs.
Read about it
Reading about your phobias helps you understand them better and makes it easier to deal with. A little knowledge can make a significant contribution to overcoming your fears.
Learn relaxation techniques
One of the worst things about phobias is the physical reactions – shallow breathing, a pounding heart, which can actually heighten your anxiety. So relaxation techniques help to soothe your panic. Breathing deeply from your stomach helps reverse the physical sensations experienced during an anxiety attack. Try these out, and show your phobias the exit door.