Everyone experiences fear, it is not uncommon at all however, how you deal with that fear can be different to others. It can be extremely debilitating if your fears have control of your life and impact how you live your life.
What is fear? Why can fear be a good thing?
Fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. Fear can be healthy and is programmed into our nervous system. It goes back to caveman times, it gives you the survival instincts you need to keep yourself safe from danger. This is also where the fight or flight response comes from.
On the other hand, fear can become unhealthy when it makes you more cautious than you need to be in order to stay safe. As well as avoiding your fears only make them scarier.
What are the benefits of facing and overcoming your fears?
- You learn to know and show what you are capable of.
- It allows you to turn your dreams and goals into reality.
- It can reduce the amount of things to regret.
- You will improve your resilience.
- Give you the confidence to overcome your future fears.
- You can encourage others to face their fears.
- Helps you to develop and grow.
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Why not give these 35 journal prompts a try:
- What are you afraid of and why?
- Have you ever conquered a fear? How did you overcome this?
- Has a fear ever stopped you from doing something you wanted to do? What happened?
- Are your fears realistic or unrealistic?
- Does trauma play a role in your fears? If so, how and why do you think that is?
- Break down you fears into realistic and unrealistic categories and bullet point why you have put them into each category.
- Are you aware of your comfort zone? What things make you feel calm and comfortable?
- Can you reflect on a time you stepped out of your comfort zone, what was the situation? How did you feel before, during and after the situation?
- What are things you are not afraid of that a lot of people are?
- How often do you try to step out of your comfort zone?
- What is your biggest fear and when do you remember developing this fear?
- Do you like to feel scared? If yes, then why do you think this is?
- Do any of your fears interfere with your growth and development? if so, how? And how can you address these?
- With the fears that you have written down, do you have triggers for them? If so, what are they and are they helpful or a hindrance?
- When was the last time you were truly scared? What happened?
- Describe the person you want to be once you have overcome your fears.
- What are the reasons for wanting to face your fears?
- When you are scared, what helps you to calm down?
- When you are scared, do you have a safe cosy space you like to retreat to?
- What has been stopping you from facing your fears?
- Once you have identified what is stopping you from overcoming your fears, what can you do to change them?
- Identify what fears have been controlling your life, how can you change this?
- Are any of your fears related to your childhood? If so, how and why do you think that?
- Describe a time when you felt fearless, what happened? What did it feel like and did you enjoy that feeling?
- Can you recall a time you felt brave, what happened?
- What do you do when you feel uncomfortable?
- What do you think you need to be more fearless?
- If there was nothing to be afraid of, what are some things you would like to do?
- Do you ever fear about what other people think about you? If so, why do you think that is?
- Are there any truths you ever feared hearing?
- List activities you would like to do, but are too scared to do so.
- Does change scare you? And why?
- Does anybody scare you? Why?
- How do you feel and what are you thinking when you are scared?
- Have you ever had any dreams that elected your fears? What happened? How did it make you feel?
Your journal gives you a safe space to prioritise your fears, allowing you to process emotions and situations that may be weighing on you. Furthermore, using your journal will help you to organise your thoughts better, set and achieve goals and relieve stress.
So, whether you wanted to design a fear journal or just simply let your thoughts flow with journal prompts in your daily journal, you will see positive benefits to writing about these topics.
What journal prompts do you like from this list? I’d love to hear in the comments.