I’m afraid of lizards.
There’s no real reason why. They just give me the creeps.
I’m also afraid of crowds. You can ask my pal JC. Years ago she and I were heading into a Rolling Stones concert. She was eight-months pregnant and giving me instructions on what to do if we were separated in the crowd. Then she saw the TERROR in my eyes – and held onto my hand.
I’m afraid of other stuff too. Those are just my two BIG ONES.
Lately, I’ve been in conversation with several people about fear and how it can derail us. So I’m wondering how best to adjust the fear faucet.
Here’s the main thing I’ve come up with so far:
Breathe. I know that seems elementary. Here’s the gig – we humans forget to breathe when under stress (aka fear). If you don’t believe me try this: stretch out your legs. Wiggle your feet to the right five times, then to the left five times, then up and down five times, then exhale. See? We humans TEND to hold our breath when we’re concentrating on something that stirs stress. Breathe (in and out) – this counteracts fear.
How do you turn off the fear faucet? Let’s build a cooperative fearLESS list!