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This is what fear does. It limits you. It cripples you. It deceives you na hanggang diyan ka lang.

While the easiest response to fear is to run away, kabaliktaran ang sinasabi ng mga experts.

Tulad ni Susan Biali Haas, MD, in her article Help for Anxiety: Facing Your Fears Will Heal Your Brain that was published in Psychology Today. She said, “if you avoid things that cause anxiety, you teach your brain to be more afraid.”

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So, to help you overcome your fear, here are 3 tips.

  1. Harapin ang takot.

Unless you make up your mind to finally face your fear, patuloy kang pipigilin at babalutin ng takot.

Sabi ng HelpGuide, “The most effective way to overcome a phobia is by gradually and repeatedly exposing yourself to what you fear in a safe and controlled way.”

Do it one step at a time.

Simulan mo sa situation na manageable for you, then work your way up from there.

In that way, natuturuan mo ang brain mo na ‘wag matakot. You will build your confidence and coping skills with each exposure, and eventually, you will realize that there’s nothing to fear after all.

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  1. Matutong kumalma.

Oo, hindi madali.

Lalo na kapag hindi ka na makahinga, feeling mo mahihimatay ka, o ‘di kaya nanginginig ka na sa takot.

Pero sabi ng HelpGuide, you can learn how to quickly calm down by practicing deep breathing exercises.

Nakakatulong din if you can engage your sense of touch, smell, sight, sound, taste, and movement.

You can also try stretching, listening to relaxing music, or massaging your hand or neck. Depende sa ‘yo kasi iba-iba naman ang bawat tao.

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  1. Humingi ng tulong if needed.

While the tips above are beneficial, try considering the help of a medical professional, especially if your anxiety becomes a hindrance to your day-to-day activities.

“Therapists who specialize in treating anxiety disorders often have access to a variety of specialized techniques, ranging from biofeedback to virtual reality exposure therapy. In some cases, medication can also be used to help alleviate symptoms,” Amy Morin explained in her article How To Face Your Fears One Step at a Time and Conquer Your anxiety Forever in Forbes.

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Sabi sa 1 John 4:18 ESV, “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.”

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