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Fear is a natural thing. It is indeed what keeps everyone secure and safe. Fear is not a logical thought—instead, an irrational emotion.
Being frightened is an experience you can not buy. Humans are a society that adores fear. People thrive off of it; creating horror movies, shows like "Fear Factor," and the media are only a few examples. Similarly, some people are afraid to leave their houses and are possibly restricted to a single room. So what is fear? What is the purpose of being scared? Why will some people scream and run when they see a snake while others breed and collect them for their love of these majestic reptiles?
Fear is a feeling humans have all dealt with at one time or another. It is something you first experience as children and are conditioned to respond to in many different ways. A controversial experiment in fear can also refer to general anxiety, as in Arachnophobia (fear of spiders) or Claustrophobia (fear of being closed in areas). These fears occur not automatically from a looming or present danger but from a perceived threat, which can be just as scary to some. A German proverb even says that fear makes the wolf bigger than he is. For most people, fear is a sickening and horrible feeling, which can sometimes be debilitating.
5 Things You Never Knew About Fear
Fear is a person's survival response. Some people — horror movie buffs and roller-coaster fans — thrive on it, while others avoid it. Have you ever wondered why? Read on and know the five (5) things about fear.
1. Fear Can Make One Foggy. Some parts of your brain are firing up; others are shutting down. The cerebral cortex (the area of the brain that harnesses judgment and reasoning) becomes impaired when the amygdala senses fear. So now it is not easy to think clearly or make good decisions. As a result, you might throw your hands up and scream when approached by an actor in a ghost house, unable to rationalize that the threat is inaccurate.
2. Fear Is Physical. Fear is experienced in your mind as it triggers a strong physical reaction in your body. Your amygdala (this is the small organ in the middle of your brain) goes to work as soon as you recognize fear. It alerts your nervous system, setting your body's fear response into motion. Stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline are released—your blood pressure and heart rate increase. You start breathing faster. Even your blood flow changes — blood flows away from your heart and into your limbs, making it easier for you to start running for your life, throwing punches, or running for your life. Your body is preparing for fight-or-flight.
3. Fear Can Become A Pleasure. But why do people who love haunted houses, roller-coasters, and horror movies enjoy getting caught up in those scary, stressful moments? Because the thrill does not necessarily end when the film or ride ends. Through the excitation transfer process, your brain and body remain aroused even after your scary experience is over.
4. Fear Keeps You Safe. Fear is a biological and natural condition that all experience. It would help if you experienced fear because it keeps you safe.
5. Fear Is Not Phobia. If you are slightly uneasy about swimming in the ocean after watching "Jaws," the movie did what it set out to do. But if you find yourself traumatized, terrorized, and unable to function at the mere thought of being on the beach, you might be experiencing more than just fear. The difference between phobia and fear is simple. Fears are common reactions to objects or events. But fear becomes a phobia when it interferes with your ability to function and maintain a consistent quality of life. You may have a phobia if you start taking extreme measures to avoid water, spiders, or people.
Fear is a complicated human emotion that can be healthy and positive but has negative consequences. It can make or break a person. As Wendy Veronica Lisare wrote, the Kingdom Keys in The Other Side Of Fear Book are courage, joy, hope, freedom, fulfillment, and knowing that she is a daughter of God. In her book, Veronica shared her story of moving from her crippling fear, abuse, and low self-esteem to knowing the limitless love of God. Here, Veronica shares the intimate details of her life's journals, from having an unhappy childhood, a loveless marriage, a divorce, a battle with cancer, and a loss of a granddaughter to having a nursing job and a career as a minister of the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The testimony of Veronica and the spiritual tools she learned along her life's journey will inspire all readers to move through their challenges to God's perfect love and the other side of fear.
On the other hand, if fear or phobia affects your life in harmful and inconvenient ways, talk to your doctor, who can aid you in determining the kind of treatment you might need.
Do you wrestle with how to overcome fear? Do your fears cause you shame? Whatever the source of anxiety, when you let it overpower you, it becomes toxic. And when fear becomes unhealthy, you can become paralyzed by all the what-ifs.
Fear is a serious subject.
Some fears are rooted in previous experiences. You were threatened, rejected, or hurt. Maybe you have experienced terrifying panic, heart-breaking disappointment, or mortifying embarrassment. And you fear it will happen again.
Other fears exist because you have a solid ability to imagine the worst—fears of an uncertain future, worries of failure, or fears of loss fall in this category.
For most of humanity, when one first experiences fear, one thinks, “I can handle it. I can man-up, or I can woman-up. I can carry this.” After a while, fear becomes a weight that seems too heavy to bear, so fear paralyzes.
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 1:7 to a young pastor living in fear that God has not given humanity a spirit of fear and timidity but power, love, and self-discipline. The Lord has given you several fundamental doctrines to combat your worries. These doctrines become weapons in your arsenal to fight against anxiety and the author of fear—even Satan. These essential doctrines are faith, hope, and charity.
So, how can you be set free from the prison cell of fear? Read on and see the three outlined things you can do to overcome fear.
1. Faith. Faith in Jesus Christ is the very first principle of the three outlined things in the gospel. Faith is power; faith is strong. The more considerable the measure of obedience to God’s laws, the bigger the endowment of faith will be. You can also learn from the Apostle Paul that faith comes by hearing the word of God (see Romans 10:17). Therefore, if you want to increase your faith, you must read the scriptures, study its teachings, and heed the control of the Holy Spirit in your lives. Faith is also a decision. If you want to be immersed and saturated in faith, you must choose to believe and exercise faith. W. Veronica Lisare, in her Spiritual journey through faith and courage will move its readers as they feel her abuse, crippling fear, and low self-esteem to knowing the ultimate love of God.
2. Hope. Hope is believing in God’s promises to humanity and expecting the Lord to deliver to everyone. Your hope is rooted in the Savior and the Atonement. Hope is not knowledge but the abiding trust that the Lord will fulfill His promise to all. It is the confidence that if you live according to God’s laws and His words, you will receive desired blessings in the future. It is believing and expecting that your prayers will and answered. It is manifest in optimism, confidence, enthusiasm, and patient perseverance.
Further, despair, or a lack of hope, drains from everyone that is joyful and vibrant and leaves behind the empty remains of what life meant to be. Pain kills ambition, advances sickness, pollutes the soul, and deadens the heart. On the other hand, hope breeds faith, optimism, confidence, trust, and happiness. If you have the Holy Ghost with you, you will have hope, expect the Lord to bless you; you will have confidence in His promises to all. Be a person of hope by trusting in God and relying on that His promises are true. Hope is a gift of the Spirit, and as you pray for this gift, your load will be lifted. In return, you will bless and inspire others.
3. Charity (Love). The final weapon in the arsenal is love or charity. Ultimately the greatest of the three principles. Consider that your fears can cause you to become preoccupied with your issues to the point that you become sightless of the needs of those around you. Fear can disconnect you from the Lord’s Spirit and can separate you from other people. If you love God and love your neighbors, you are promised that you will overcome your fears.
Moreover, when you put others’ needs before your own and serve and bless those around you, your problems and fears seem to be put into proper perspective.
Faith, hope, and charity (love)—these three great pillars of the gospel are the great antidote to doubt, confusion, and fear. As you deepen your commitment to these practices and principles, you will feel the Lord’s Spirit in your life and begin to feel your load lighten. Your life will become much happier as you seek to lift the spirits of those around you.
As they say, peace of mind is not the absence of conflict from life but the ability to cope with it.
Humankind currently lives in a society where the noise of their thoughts and their anxieties tend to consume them daily. Inner peace can be challenging to achieve in such a fast-paced world. People continually await the next thing in their lives, and that can be one of the aspects that disrupt their inner calm (fear of the unknown). Even if you are one of the biggest movie stars in the world, fear can still be a threat. This article will share how to find inner peace using six (6) proven ways.
Defining Inner Peace
Inner peace refers to the state of how calm you feel within yourself. The world around you could be chaotic and stress-inducing, but if you feel relaxed, you might be experiencing inner peace. It is an achievable state of mind that has more to do with your mind than what is happening in your life daily.
Achieving Inner Peace
When attaining inner peace, the first step is coming with a good attitude. Being too skeptical or cynical will bar you from achieving this calm state of mind.
It would help to have that open mind before you can have inner peace. Here are the six (6) ways to get there.
1. Self-Love. Practice It. Generally, the world becomes more peaceful if you love yourself. One aspect that disrupts our inner peace is the constant war we have within ourselves. By practicing self-love, you would be melding inner peace in your life. You can proactively practice this by doing things that lift your spirit and make you happy. Life experiences and lessons on My Journey Into Perfect Love is a perfect book on achieving self-love. W. Veronica Lisare (author) shared her discovery of courage, joy, hope, freedom, and fulfillment as she embraced her authentic identity as a daughter of the King of kings.
2. Helm Clear From All The Negativity. The most basic yet can be the challenging thing to do to have inner peace in one's life. Of course, nobody in their calm mind would desire negativity. However, sometimes it is in one's nature to dwell on negativity rather than positivity. Deciding on negativity in your life (thoughts or habits) will derange your peace. Negativity is the fastest way to destroy the inner peace you presently have. It is the easiest thing to dwell on negativity.
3. Communicate With Respect. You can find that inner peace when you regularly communicate respectfully with others. There is little room for misinterpretation when you tend to speak assertively but positively. Another thing is not allowing people to walk over you by being a pushover. However, cut out offensive and hurtful language from your routine and save yourself the drama caused by saying the wrong things.
4. Accept Things As They Are. Your past mistakes are not a reflection of you but a past you did not know any better. Forgiveness is a good starting point if you need to find inner peace within yourself. In the modern world, people are not very forgiving. Thus, you will need to rise above and accept that people will make mistakes in life. Everyone does! You need to be a tough cookie who can conquer the chaos in the world around you. In the end, what you can control are your actions and everything else you will need to learn to accept.
5. Laugh A Lot! You can not expect peace from a place where you take your life too seriously. Life is challenging enough, and the best thing you can do for yourself is to find the beauty in your life. It is okay to laugh, even at the silliest of things. Laughing proves to be the best medicine for struggle. Contact your friends and arrange a meetup. Watch a funny movie on Netflix. Have a wine night with your friends. You have to find humor in even the most mundane things. Inner peace is achieved from a place you never expect to, and sometimes, that is from a place of humor and laughter.
6. Enjoy The Peace Of God Daily. As humanity continues to live under all the trying circumstances, one can enjoy God's peace anytime. Throughout the day, anxious thoughts may come to you, but you have the key! You can turn your heart to Him and pray, call on His name, sing, or talk to Him. God becomes your true inner peace and rests through your fellowship with Him, the much-needed antidote to your easily troubled soul.
Finally, these are just some ways to help you gain inner peace. Creating inner peace may be tricky, especially if it does not come naturally to you. In a world where everyone is pensive with everything, you no longer have time for yourselves. However, inner peace is still possible. If you choose to have awareness and change certain aspects of your unhealthy habits and lifestyle, you have more room for peace in your lives.