When Disaster Hits: How To Deal With Fear?
At Life Potential Developments we have a saying, “Focus On What Your Want” but even so it’s hard not to be affected by the overload of media warnings flashing before our eyes daily.
From the 2011 nuclear disaster in Japan to the latest flood, wildfires, volcanic eruptions and plane crashes, there seems to be no end in sight.
So you may find yourself asking the question:
How do I deal with fear, or more specifically, how do I deal with the fear of what might happen?
And the fear of what might happen is future fear, often referred to as fear of the unknown.
#1 Deal With Fear By Getting The Facts
When you deal with fear it’s important to first find out the facts and how they affect you in a direct way.
Without getting the facts, it will be almost impossible to deal with “fear of disaster”, without it snowballing out of control.
Depending on where you live in the world will depend on how far the effects of the disaster will travel.
The spread of radiation was the number one concern for neighboring countries of Japan and reaching the west coast of the United States.
Check with your local environmental experts to find out these types of facts.
Negative Thoughts Lower Your Immune System
Regardless of how you deal with fear, you will have certain thoughts about it. The more fear you experience, the more those thoughts will be negative in nature.
Your thoughts have a big impact on your immune system. And during disasters, we need our immune system to be at full strength.
Since your mind and bodywork together, using positive visualization techniques can be helpful.
Seeing your body is strong and able to fight off invaders will help it do the job more effectively.
And if you are helping children deal with fear then use their natural talents.
Children love using their imagination. So playing a game with them being a protector, like one of their action figures, is a great way to have them do the positive visualization as well.
It may be a game to them, but it will still send positive messages to their body to be strong.
“The problem with carrying these worries, grudges, and resentment is that they destroy our health in an insidious way. Resentment contributes and plants a seed in the development of cancer,” said Dr. Donna Schwontkowski, (Ret.) D.C., M.S. Nutrition, Master’s in Herbology
Be Proactive When You Deal With Fear
Once you find out the facts, you then can take steps to ensure you are doing what you can to protect yourself. Knowledge is power.
Even people who are exposed to high doses of radiation, if they get really good medical care, have a better chance of surviving.
Contact your health professionals to get the proper information to protect your health and well-being.
Benefits Of Helping Others Deal With Fear
One of the most rewarding feelings you can have is in helping others, and the benefits are two-fold.
- The person you are helping receives the benefit first hand.
- And you receive the benefit of feeling good.
As negative thoughts lower the immune system, positive thoughts boost the immune system. Feeling good about helping others brings joy and happiness into your life and helps reduce the fear of disaster.
Focus on what you can do to help others and yourself, be proactive and get the facts to help you make the best choices for you and those you may help.
“WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES; it takes away today’s PEACE.”