Fears & Worries
Why do we have worries and fears?
A pounding heart and sweating before delivering a presentation? Trembling and a racing pulse when faced with thunderstorms, spiders or the dark? Constantly circling thoughts, concentration problems and fear of not being able to sleep well? Every one of us has at some point come across reactions like these and feels anxiety in one type of situation or another. The global challenges of our fast-moving and complex world, such as the financial crisis, the occurrence of natural disasters, the Corona pandemic or war, also confront us daily with our own fears and worries. When the fears and worries make themselves permanently felt, they can affect our performance and quality of life.
Nevertheless, the feeling of fear is essential for survival. It helps us to evaluate new, changing and unexpected situations. In evolutionary terms, fear protects us from life-threatening situations, recognises danger and puts the body on alert. The amygdala, the “emotional memory”, plays an important role in this. This brain region evaluates incoming information or situations on an emotional level and triggers physical reactions such as a racing heart, a queasy stomach, sweating or difficulty breathing.
What positive functions does fear have?
How do I deal with fears and worries?
When fears and worries get out of hand, they can determine our behaviour. We get the feeling that fear controls our thoughts, our decisions and our actions. When we feel blocked or paralysed by our fears and worries, it is important to find a healthy way for us to deal with them. The following four steps will help you to confront and reflect on your own fears and worries.