“Why am I scared almost every day?” “What makes you fear the most everyday situations?” This kind of ideas are part of the concerns of many people who, without knowing very well why it happens, notice that fear is an emotion that erodes their quality of life constantly, even in seemingly harmless situations.
Throughout the following lines we will see what is the nature of the fear of everything and what we can do to combat this feeling.
Why am I always afraid?
Emotions exist because they fulfill a function, and although sometimes the disadvantages they present outweigh the advantages, these situations are the exception, not the rule.
Fear, in particular, is one of the most powerful emotions we have. Whether we like it or not, its existence conditions our lives, sometimes for the good (it helps us avoid danger) and sometimes for the worse (it helps us to find excuses not to make an effort to improve).
However, there are extreme cases in which this psychological factor becomes a hindrance with which we self-sabotage again and again when we propose to leave the comfort zone and start something new that will do us good. Go talk to a person we like, start a university career, go to the gym, go to the dentist …
On these occasions there is a strong feeling of frustration and a thought that we can not get rid of: “why am I afraid and do not face my fears?”. Among the main causes, we find the following.
The emotional imprint that traumas leave on us makes us direct attention to everything that hypothetically can lead us to live that experience (or a similar one) again. That is why many people with traumas have a great facility to enter a state of hypervigilance from which it is complete to leave.
2. Lack of self-esteem
The lack of self-confidence helps the person to express fear for many things, since they do not feel prepared to face some areas of life. In particular, those that involve personal relationships are typically a source of fears and insecurities.
3. Situations of abuse and abuse
In some cases, fear is rooted in a relational problem that by definition goes beyond the individual.
When the attacks of another person or of a group of them are suffered, the state of hypervigilance appears as a mechanism of protection, although at the expense of psychological well-being. Of course, this does not mean that the person who suffers it is to blame for this; quite the opposite.
4. Genetic propensity
Do not forget that the genetic factor also counts. This does not mean that having a certain DNA structure predestines us to be constantly afraid, but that some sets of genes make us more prone to developing persistent fears.
Signs that one lives with fear
Some of the typical characteristics that these people present are the following. All of them are similar to those that appear in most phobias, in which there is a concrete stimulus that triggers anxiety crises.
1. Fear from the first hours
At the beginning of the day, they are already thinking that they will have to go through something that scares them.
2. Feel physical discomfort of all kinds
Living with a constant fear generates a physical exhaustion that accumulates day after day: muscular tension, bad habits of sleep and of feeding, etc.
3. Avoidance of normal situations
Many people tend to expose themselves to the habitual contexts of the day to day in the perspective of things that twist and appear something capable of damaging them.
What to do to combat this anxiety?
When taking measures against this discomfort and solving the psychological causes of this fear, you can follow these steps.
1. Practice breathing exercises
Controlling breathing helps to “tame” the emotional state in which one finds oneself. Therefore, adopting the habit of doing controlled breathing exercises can help a lot.
2. Expose to your fears little by little
Start with situations that give you a bit of fear, and go confronting others that generate more fear in you, following a curve of ascending difficulty. This way you will learn through your experience that there are not so many reasons to feel that way in any minimally anxious situation.
3. Go to the psychologist
This option should not be discarded if there are no significant advances with the previous ones. Fortunately, the power of psychotherapy when offering help to pPeople with fears and anxiety problems are very high, and effectiveness has been demonstrated through the use of several techniques performed under professional supervision.