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Fear Rehab

“Fears are nothing more than a state of mind” Napoleon Hill
To many, I was known as the queen of fear or the princess of paranoia. Everything I did, or anyone else did was transposed into a potentially hazardous or dangerous situation in my mind. If someone was talking about how excited they were about going for a nice relaxing hike, I would immediately visualize them on the side of a mountain skidding and slipping on dirt, then falling off the side of the cliff.
I was terrified of catching every disease or illness. I walked around thinking someone was going to hurt or kidnap me, steal my purse, break into my house, take my car. I was continuously on edge from this war zone I was creating in my head. I spent many nights in bed awake, scared stiff thinking about death and dying, earthquakes, or the end of the world. Fears of the dark, fears of being possessed, fears of ghosts, fear of sleeping, fears of not sleeping...I think by now you get my point, I was teetering on the edge of sanity or insanity.
This was all created by this ridiculous concept I had adopted at some point in my life. I believed that if you imagined the worst case scenario in any situation, whatever actually happens can only be better. I guess ultimately, I was trying to avoid disappointment? Well, after years of successfully applying that asinine concept to my life, I unknowingly (at the time) trained my mind to perceive the worst in all situations; consequently creating the worst things to happen to me in many situations. Never underestimate the power of the mind; this is a perfect example. I cannot tell you how many times my purse or wallet was stolen, or someone was actually following me, or how often I’d be driving on the freeway and things would fly off the bed of a truck and head right towards me, and so on. Seriously my bad luck was SO bad it became comical.
After spending many years in a delusional state of fear, it began to wreak havoc on my body. I had anxiety attacks at the most inconvenient times, I was constantly going to the doctor for some imaginary pain or illness, but the tests would always come back fine. My nerves were frazzled from being in fight or flight mode all the time, the adrenaline was eating at my muscles and at times they would twitch. It began to get difficult pretending to keep myself together in public, so I would hideout from the world, to keep people from noticing how crazy and weird I was becoming. It became very apparent to me that it was time I get a grip before someone else did it for me. I couldn‘t live in this state any longer.
So I checked myself into fear rehab, and learned the first way to rehabilitate your fear is by understanding that fear is just a state of mind; a bad habit and that‘s all. According to Dr. Stein and concept therapy, as you notice fearful thoughts ask yourself, “Is this thought positive and logical?”, if not, then simply move on, but don‘t judge it.
The next step is to fill your mind and subconscious with as many new healthy habits as possible. Some healthy habits are reading a positive quote as soon as you get up each morning, visualizing positive scenarios, or reading a positive book before bed.
Stay committed to fear rehab, and give it a good run, and you’ll see with just a little effort your fear habit will begin to diminish and you will acquire the ultimate treatment for fear and that is FAITH. Your body, mind, soul, everyone around you, and the world will thank you.
Keep coming back, it works!!!    

7 Comments to Fear Rehab:

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Jenn Barry on Saturday, February 05, 2011 4:41 PM
"if not, then simply move on, but don't judge it." This is so hard to practice. The harder I try to avoid judgement, the more it seems to rush in. Any suggestions for me?
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Natalie on Sunday, February 06, 2011 8:47 PM
Hey Jenn...may I first begin by saying, thank you for always commenting ;) you are awesome... To avoid judgment, just recognize you are judging and replace the judgment with a positive new thought, eventually after practicing you will get better xo

Natalie on Sunday, February 06, 2011 8:46 PM
Hey Jenn...may I first begin by saying, thank you for always commenting ;) you are awesome... To avoid judgment, just recognize you are judging and replace the judgment with a positive new thought, eventually after practicing you will get better xo
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Lori on Monday, February 07, 2011 11:51 AM
Nat, this is amazing. You could be describing my life with this blog...not how I am now, but how I was in the past...what an exhausting way to spend each day of the beautiful and precious PRESENT. Thank goodness we were able to move through it...with much grace, I might add. :) Love you!!! Xx Lori
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Natalie on Monday, February 07, 2011 7:21 PM
Seriously...I think it's important to remember what fear can do so we can stay away!!! I often wonder how I had the energy to even get up each morning? Love you too Lori, and thanks for reading xoxo

Mellissa on Sunday, February 13, 2011 2:19 AM
Fear has been a battle for me, I am better now. I understand now that I'm older and have been working on it. I have OCD, the fear type, since I was little, where if I don't touch certain items, bad things will happen like death or God's wrath. So everyday I work on it, which means I most likey will re- read this blog,to help me remember that it is a state of mind ;)thank you so much for sharing this:)
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Natalie on Sunday, February 13, 2011 9:45 AM
Melissa, I am happy you enjoyed it. I still struggle with fear at times, but then realize I must be allowing my thoughts to go astray, and I need to focus on being more positive and having faith. Thankfully, by practicing this, I am able to pull myself out of fear a lot quicker now. Just knowing fear is a state of mind has such an impact on your quality of life, it's truly amazing! Namaste :)

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