Listen and Read – When Fear Drives Your Thoughts And Life
Fear itself is completely normal.
After all, it’s how your body and mind naturally respond to an event that appears dangerous and/or harmful to you.
You might experience fear when you encounter a bear, get into a car accident, or get spooked by something unexpectedly.
But, there’s a point at which fear begins to drive your thoughts and starts to hijack your entire life.
When this happens, your fear might actually be so consistent in your life that it leads you down a road to your own detriment.
How We Respond to Fear
To understand how fear drives your thoughts, you need to learn about how humans typically respond to fear.
According to the American Journal of Managed Care, it all begins when a scary situation sets off what’s known as General Adaptation Syndrome.
When this happens, your nervous system enters into a state of high alert.
In the process, it begins to release a significant cocktail of hormones and neurotransmitters, including adrenaline and cortisol.
Your body will remain in this high-alert state until the fear eventually subsides.
At that point, you’ll enter into a state of “exhaustion” where your body will then work to return to itself to its normal functioning.
How Fear Impacts the Body
The effects of fear continue well after the fear has subsided. And, if feelings of fear become repetitive and overwhelming, you might actually be doing severe damage to your body and its systems.
That includes effects on your immune and endocrine systems as well as your sleeping and eating habits.
How Fear Drives Thoughts
At a certain point, fear might begin to take over your entire life, which is often seen in some severe anxiety disorders.
In these situations, you might be in a state where you constantly anticipate the worst-case scenario.
Let’s go over some examples where this might apply.
Let’s say you experienced abandonment at the hands of your parents or even a significant other.
Depending on how severely you interpreted this abandonment, you might be afraid to build relationships with anybody in the future.
You’re afraid of history repeating itself.
You assume that everybody you might connect with will eventually abandon you in due time.
This type of thought can be detrimental to your interpretation of trust, love, and future relationships.
Now, let’s think about a situation where your lifelong dreams are shattered.
This loss is so painful to you that you no longer get your hopes up when it comes to having positive things happen.
After all, you don’t want to be shattered like you were before.
You might even find yourself in a position where you refuse to set goals and dreams so they can’t be broken in the first place.
This can lead to a lack of motivation when it comes to chasing your dreams in the future.
Fear, Thoughts & Your Future
When you let your overwhelming sense of fear take over your thoughts, you might just be setting your future self for failure.
This type of fear can permanently alter your thoughts, which might lead to the following effects.
- Lack of positivity
- Inability to trust others
- Consistent negative mindset
- Lack of motivation
- Resulting anxiety and depression
Instead of focusing on shifting your thoughts, you need to first center in on the sources of your fear.
You need to take the time to understand why this fear exists and how you can reverse this mindset.
At that point, you can then limit the instances of this fear, thus also reducing the negative thoughts associated with it.