#2 Read and learn about your phobia
Read and gain some basic knowledge about the psychological aspects of your phobia. When you understand what it truly means to experience fear and how our mind reacts to it from a neutral point of view, you will realize how irrational your fear is. You can also read about your specific phobia (our spider, for instance) and learn about their biology. Find out which species are venomous and which ones are harmless. What type of spiders are found in households and which ones are available in the wild.
The more knowledge you gain the better you will be able to overcome phobias and irrational fears.
#3 Practice relaxation techniques
Physical reactions like difficulty in breathing, pulsating heart, shivering and numbness can be the worst part of experiencing phobias. One of the best ways to overcome phobias and irrational fears is to practice deep breathing exercises that will help to reduce your anxiety and panic. When you breathe deeply from your abdomen, you will be able to calm your mind and slow down your thought process. This will help you control your emotions and, in turn, your responses to panic-inducing situations. Practicing mindfulness meditation every day for at least 10 minutes can also be highly helpful in coping with phobias.
#4 Get help from a friend
If you are afraid of certain situations like visiting crowded places or flying, you can ask a friend or a family member to offer you some company. This will help you feel less anxious and be more comfortable about facing your fears. If you are afraid of social situations, then having a friend by your side can enable you to be more active and social. Your friend can act as a support system. You will not be required to face strangers and random people all alone, and slowly you will become more comfortable in crowds just by yourself.
#5 Join a support group
There are various support groups out there that help people cope with different types of phobias. By attending such groups and talking with them, you will realize you are not alone who experiences such intense feelings. Encountering like-minded individuals and focusing on positive transformation can boost your chances of recovery. You can also join an online chat group and talk about your issues and find a solution together.
Yes, phobias are one of the worst things you can experience and it can surely limit your life experiences. So, make sure you get your fears under control and start enjoying life as you are meant to be. Remember to be kind and patient with yourself as you are taking a brave new step towards self-improvement.
Be courageous and move one step forward at a time.