5 Must Do’s For Overcoming Phobias and Addictions.
5 Must Do’s For Overcoming Phobias and Addictions!
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Although the American Psychological Association officially recognizes only 100 phobias, there are actually more than 500 of them in existence. And that figure doesn’t even include all the countless unwanted behaviors and addictions plaguing individuals every day … so much so that they disrupt these individuals’ lives.
Anyone who has ever tried to conquer an irrational fear or overcome an addictive behavior like smoking, overeating, or gambling knows just how difficult the effort can be. The seeming impossibility of it all, in fact, leads many a sufferer to give up, allowing their phobic and addictive tendencies to take over their lives … if they don’t take their lives first.
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The good news for these individuals is that phobias and addictions can be overcome if they’re approached in the right way. Following are five effective must do’s or strategies for putting these unwanted behaviors to rest once and for all so that those afflicted with them can reclaim their lives. (Sweet!)
Must Do # 1
“Face your fears and behaviors head on.”
Realize that there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Thousands of others face what you are facing every single day. You are not alone in this battle. For this strategy to be most effective, it is best to gradually build up your exposure. Do you suffer from arachnophobia, the fear of spiders and one of the most common phobias? Then spend some time in the presence of a spider. Start with one second and work your way up. The same goes for addictive behaviors like drinking. Give one AA meeting per month a try. Aim for weekly or more sessions as time goes by. Practice and repetition are the keys to this strategy working.
Must Do # 2
“Don’t let panic or setbacks paralyze you.”
Everyone has a bad day now and then. The important thing is not to let yours debilitate you from moving forward. Although such days may make it feel like you’re not making any progress, they’re deceitful. On such occasions, step back and assess how far you’ve come. If you’re being honest with yourself, chances are you’ll see some real results. Eliminate all doubt and keep telling yourself, “If I’ve come this far, I can keep going. I will prevail.” And then go, go, go starting now, or at the very latest tomorrow.
Must Do # 3
“Keep a big picture perspective.”
As Entrepreneur magazine points out, this strategy is all about understanding “what opportunities you have to lose.” You’re afraid to fly but there’s a great big world you’re missing out on by allowing your fear of getting up in the air to have a stranglehold over you. The loss potential is even greater with addictions. Gambling could lead to the loss of your home and even the people you love. Continuing to smoke can prove deadly. Don’t live with regrets or put off embracing major changes until it’s too late.
Must Do # 4
“Treat fear as a call to action.”
As an extension of must do #3, Inc. magazine recommends reframing your notion of your fear or behavior. Rather than thinking of it as a crippling aspect of your personality that you just have to keep living with, consider it a wake-up call—as a motivator to start claiming the life you’ve always wanted. “Write down a specific plan of the exact steps that you’ll take,” the publication recommends.
Must Do # 5
“Rewire your brain.”
Entrepreneur magazine offers this directive as “one of the surest ways to overcome your fears and develop the courage that is needed to get to where you want to go.” Easier said than done though. That’s where the assistance of a professional can come in handy. But one-on-one counseling sessions are so expensive, you’re telling yourself. Fortunately, there are affordable alternatives. Hypnotherapy has proven itself to be a very effective means of permanently rewiring the brain against phobias and addictions. And the good news is that thanks to today’s technology, hypnosis can be performed extremely cost-effectively from the comfort and convenience of your own home.