3 Ways to Reduce Chronic Fear

Here's what's happening on the HealthyPlace site this week:

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Special YouTube Live This Wednesday Evening, June 6

Our bipolar vlogger, Hannah Blum, will be live on our YouTube channel. She’ll be talking about bipolar signs she experienced but missed and how bipolar stigma played into that. Plus, we’re looking forward to having you share your bipolar experiences as well as any questions you have for Hannah.

We start at 7p ET / 6 CT. We hope to see you there and feel free to invite anyone you wish. https://www.YouTube.com/HealthyPlace/.

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Has chronic fear got you in its grip? Day after day, your fears continue to grow. Get 3 ways to reduce chronic fear that you can implement today on HealthyPlace.

3 Ways to Reduce Chronic Fear

We seem to be living in a culture of chronic fear, and it’s damaging our mental health. Day after day, we watch reports of tragedy, trauma, and violence. Day after day, our fears grow.

As a society, we’re experiencing chronic fear. Long-term fear can be paralyzing and can lead to avoidance and withdrawal. It can also contribute to anxiety disorders, depression, and trauma- and stressor-related disorders. We’ve begun living in fearful anticipation of the “next terrible tragedy,” and in our hypervigilance we miss the good that is happening as well as the experience of safety and connection.

These three mental health tools can help you reduce chronic fear; even the strongest feeling of fear:

  1. Connect more. Nurturing all sorts of relationships cultivates positive feelings and connections. This is a powerful antidote to living in fear and isolation.
  2. Reality test. When you notice your fearful thoughts and emotions running wild, stop and consider them. How likely are they to come true?
  3. Join, or start, a support group. This is a great way to connect, and it’s a positive way to help yourself and others through your fears. You just might become an action-oriented group, too, doing things about your fears. (List of self-help support groups)

Finally, remind yourself that social media and traditional media don’t always represent balanced reality. Reducing your screen time can also reduce your fear.

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Your Thoughts

Today's Question: If you’ve experienced chronic fear, how has it affected you? We invite you to participate by sharing your thoughts, experiences, and knowledge on the HealthyPlace Facebook page and on the HealthyPlace Google+ page.

From the HealthyPlace Mental Health Blogs

On all our blogs, your comments and observations are welcomed.

Feel free to share your thoughts and comments at the bottom of any blog post. And visit the mental health blogs homepage for the latest posts.

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From HealthyPlace YouTube Channel

I'm Hannah. I Have Bipolar 2

5 Signs of Bipolar 2 Disorder That I Experienced

The signs and symptoms of bipolar 2 disorder were present in my life prior to my diagnosis but I ignored them. Why? I was unaware that these were symptoms of a mental illness. Mental health was never discussed in my school, with friends or brought up in my surroundings. So when the symptoms and signs of bipolar disorder surfaced, I thought they would eventually go away. (Watch Hannah)

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Here are the top 3 mental health articles HealthyPlace Facebook fans are recommending you read:

  1. What Made Residential Psychiatric Care Best for My Teenager?
  2. A Positive Look at Borderline Personality Disorder Traits
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If you're not already, I hope you'll join us/like us on Facebook too. There are a lot of wonderful, supportive people there.

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"I'm terrified that even if I try my hardest, I still won't be good enough."

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Last Updated: 05 June 2018

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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