“It’s a wise mom that admits she has fear, knows what the emotions are that she’s dealing with, and then designs strategies to attack them.” Book – Brave Mom by Sherry Surratt pg.145
Fear is like an imposter. Therefore it must receive the same rejection that we would give to someone who tries to deceive us. I would never allow anyone in my home that lies. I don’t have to allow fear in either.
There is this park by my house that is new and fun. It has great climbing equipment and exciting slides. My six year old and four year old like to go there. However, I struggle with anxiety for fear that something bad is going to happen and I experience scary images in my head. The fears that I welcome in, can sometimes convince me to not go.
My kids like to go to skate parks and fear creeps in causing me to believe horrible things will happen to my children if we go. There have been times that I didn’t go, only to regret later.
I don’t like being controlled by any thought that scares me out of doing something.
I am learning how to attack fear with love and it is working.
My strategies are:
- When a scary thought comes to mind I immediately reject it. I tell it no you can’t come in.
- I think about something that I’m thankful for and I write it down, pray, or sing. Worship music helps me.
- I remind myself that God gave me a mind to create and discover beauty. When I think of ways to have fun or love others, disturbing thoughts disappear.
- I tell my husband or a trusted friend my haunting thoughts and feelings. It minimizes the lie by taking its power.
What are some strategies you use to attack fear? Maybe your ideas will help someone else.