Fear is an anxious feeling that is often caused by our anticipation of experience of situations. It has gotten a bad rap among most people. But the truth is that fear is normal. In fact, it is one of the most universal human experiences. It only becomes a problem when it starts to interfere with your life.

Don’t let fear take control of your life. Here are some powerful ways to overcome fear and anxiety.

Identify your fears

First, you need to identify what it you’re really scared of. You need to be aware of the things that are holding you back and causing havoc in your life. Find the true source of your fears.

Sit down and write down your fears. This may not seem like a good idea since you’ll be focusing on your fears. But this is actually the first step to overcoming them.  Now, ask yourself, “what is causing my anxiety?” or “why am I afraid?”. This will help you dig deep into your fears. Do some self evaluation to find the real source of your fears and anxieties. When we know where they come from, it becomes easier for us to control them. This can go a long way towards finding the solution and managing your fears.

Stop overthinking

Our imagination is a powerful thing. It allows us to imagine the future and plan ahead. However, some people misuse their imagination and imagine the worse. They think that things will go wrong. This is can lead to fear and anxiety.

We can’t control what will happen in the future, and that can be scary for some people. But you can control your imagination. Visualize yourself in this situation, but try to recondition your mind to stay calm. Imagine yourself cool, composed, calm, and that things are going well. This will dilute the emotion and begin to calm you down.

Gradually expose yourself to your fear

Some people have experienced some traumatic events in their past. This is why they try to avoid being in the same situation. If you have experienced a car crash, the thought of driving a car may create panic.

Gradually expose yourself to your fear. Start by sitting on the passenger seat. Then, try to sit on the driver’s seat. You don’t need to drive, just sit there for a few minutes. Once you become comfortable, try to start the engine. Take the car out of the garage. Finally, drive to nearby location. Take tiny steps until you conquer your fear.