So what happens when we encounter something that we are afraid of?
Our unconscious reaction can be to avoid what we are afraid of with the hope that it will go away all by itself. This may be helpful to a point however typically we will eventually encounter the situation that is at the root of our fear.
Examples of fear
For example when one is recovering from a physical injury and have now been advised by the health care practitioners and/or the insurance company case manager that we have recovered sufficiently and it is time to embark on returning to the more demanding responsibilities of looking after our homes and families. Or, even scarier still, it is time to go back to work! The first thing that can go through one's mind is "Are you kidding me?! I can't do that! I am not even close to being ready with the pain that I still feel!"
All of the thoughts of fear and self doubt can creep in so quickly and unannounced. By listening to the self-doubt we stay right where we are, surrounded by fear with fearful thoughts in charge of our daily lives. Or, we can choose to encounter the fear a small piece at a time to gradually re-build our strength, resiliency and our daily lives.
"You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do." – Eleanor Roosevelt
Please read the previous post "How Does Fear Assist Us?