On a recent trip to Peru, I learned that overcoming your own fears is perhaps one of the most rewarding things that one can do in his/her life. Before I go into my examples and what I did to overcome my fears, I’d first like to draw some context regarding my situation and health. I was recently dismissed from the hospital and immediately following that, I began to have a high level of fear in which I feared everything from breaking down physically such as losing an organs, to fearing the darkness due to my vision.
Now that I was constantly in a high state of fear due to my hospitalization, I realized that I was suffering from PTSD and taking medications to help me feel better. My trip to Peru was coming up and I wasn’t sure if I should go or not. Even during the final hours, I was unsure and called the airline companies to cancel my flight – which they denied a refund for.
I decided to overcome my first fear, walk out of my house and heading towards the airport. My second fear dad flying on a plane. My third fear was landing in Cusco, Peru and facing the altitude. My fourth fear was climbing Machu Picchu. One and one it went and as I overcame each fear, I became a stronger person. I learned today, that the term for this process is called habituation. I encourage everyone to look this word up and use this technique to overcome your own fears.
Following my hospitalization, I felt as if someone had turned on all of my fear switches and I was working to constantly turn them off one by one – which I did with each passing day.
I continue to do so today and am determined to end my medication because I feel that I do not need an external input into my body that was never there before. I have full confidence that my body and brain are on a great healing path and I shall not turn away from such a belief.
I hope that all people find a way to overcome their fears one by one. Challenge yourself to overcome one fear everyday and you’ll feel good every time your defeat this fear that is nothing more then a simple thought in your mind – mostly delusional and irrational, completely disconnected from reality.