Overcoming Fear and Anxiety about the Future

Writing in Longevity Magazine, Dina Marais, internationally qualified meta-coach, answers the question: I can’t help but worry about the future. How do I overcome my fear?

‘We can bring ourselves so much pain by focusing on things that cause fear in our lives. FEAR is short for False Evidence Appearing Real.

We experience fear when we are living in either the past or the future. If you experience fear in the present moment, then you must either fight or take flight. That is what your brain does when you experience fear; it activates the amygdala, which prepares your body for fight or flight by shutting down your digestive system, withdrawing blood from the body and sending it to the brain, and pumping your body full of adrenalin. Now you are ready for anything.

Your brain doesn’t know the difference between reality and imagination. The pictures you conjure up on the movie in your mind, the brain takes as the real thing. The meanings you have about the pictures attach the emotional tags that create the physiological effect.

Putting yourself through this continuously will have a detrimental effect on your health, causing inflammation, heart attack, stroke and even diabetes, osteoporosis, tumours, cancer, ending with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Definitely not a pretty picture.’

Obviously no-one wants the results described above. One solution is to live in the Now. Be mindful of the present moment. See that thoughts about the past or the future are just that – thoughts. Let these thoughts pass, and use your senses to come back into the moment. This costs nothing and you’re always equipped – your senses are always with you. For more detail on this technique, refer back to my blog on The Stress Connection. Then try it out. You have nothing to lose. Good luck with your efforts. Be kind and gentle with yourself.

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About Jill M Jacques

I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, and have spent most of my life here doing the usual things - marrying, having children and caring for an array of pets ranging from dogs to silkworms and chameleons. I first became interested in philosphy and its practical application in everyday life in my early 20s and spent many years as part of a group that pursued this goal. Drawing on this experience, I have been running "How to live in the Now" programmes for over 10 years. I wrote this book in response to requests from group members for something "simple and practical". I tend to see the funny side of life situations and enjoy writing humorous back pages as well as short stories and some poetry. Some of these have been published. Being here now is what really matters.
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