Brain Facts

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Helpful Tips for when Fear Strikes

After a shock or a near miss your body uses large amounts of glucose in your blood to prepare for the flight and fight response. After a shock or trauma, it is a good idea to drink something sweet (like a glass of sugar water) to quickly replenish blood sugar levels.

If you feel that fear is getting the better of you, take a moment to pause. Close your eyes, take deep slow breaths and focus your attention on the sound of your breathing.

Try not to let your mind get carried away with negative thoughts. Keep focused and concentrate on the "now". By living in the moment, you will meet the need in front of you as it arises without getting caught up in the "what-ifs" and "should-haves".

Put your fears into perspective. Fear can sometimes take over all rational thought. Take a second (even if it's after the feared event) and logically think of what you were afraid of. Ask yourself: "What was the realistic threat?" and "What is the rational way of dealing with such a threat?".

Learn to let it go. Sometimes after something scares us, we feel the effects long after the event has occurred. Our minds tend to hold on to negative feelings, self-criticisms and apprehension. Try letting it all go once the threat has passed and talk out your feelings with someone you trust or a therapist (this is also called "debriefing"). Meditation and yoga are two other useful ways of putting negative thoughts and emotions to rest.

Try not to avoid the objects or situations that induce irrational, non-dangerous fear. Instead face them little by little in 'bite size' chunks - thereby allowing yourself to slowly gain confidence and overcome the fear.

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