Fear Hold Us Back
Fight the Fear – Fear of Heights Course has not only been developed to overcome a fear of heights, it can also help with general day to day fears and anxieties. Here at Rockblok our team of instructors and coaches are made up of climbers and adventure seekers, we ourselves come face to face with stressful and dangerous situations, failing to control the fear that go hand in hand with these could be catastrophic—staying in control is a must, although at times may feel impossible, understanding the discomfort and symptoms that come with this are crucial but most importantly is how to manage it. Over time we have learned to control the fear by progression, self talk and strategies within oneself to win through, this in-itself builds and instils confidence, helping one to navigate through and be in control. Imagine if you were to carry around a tool box full of tools to mend fear or anxiety attack, such tools may be listed as (1) “take time out” or (2) “breath through the panic” other tools may be (3, 4) “face your fears” or “imagine the worst” and finally (5) “look at the evidence”.
5 Steps to help you through
1. Take time out
It’s impossible to think clearly when you’re flooded with fear or anxiety. The first thing to do is take time out so you can physically calm down.
Distract yourself from the worry for 15 minutes by walking around the block, making a cup of tea or having a bath.
2. Breathe through panic
If you start to get a faster heartbeat or sweating palms, the best thing is not to fight it.
Stay where you are and simply feel the panic without trying to distract yourself. Place the palm of your hand on your stomach and breathe slowly and deeply.
The goal is to help the mind get used to coping with panic, which takes the fear of fear away.
3. Face your fears
Avoiding fears only makes them scarier. Whatever your fear, if you face it, it should start to fade. If you panic one day getting into a lift, for example, it’s best to get back into a lift the next day and breath through the panic.
4. Imagine the worst
Try imagining the worst thing that can happen – perhaps it’s panicking and having a heart attack. Then try to think yourself into having a heart attack. It’s just not possible. The fear will run away with you the more you chase it, take control, be in control.
5. Look at the evidence
It sometimes helps to challenge fearful thoughts. For example, if you’re scared of getting trapped in a lift and suffocating, ask yourself if you have ever heard of this happening to someone. Ask yourself what you would say to a friend who had a similar fear.
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