Living in fear does not always mean that you are afraid of physical circumstances or people. Sometimes living in fear can be a state of mind that controls all aspects of life, and of course, limits and curtails personal development.

The following scenario usually occurs in a consultation in an ordinary person: I am afraid almost all the time. For most of my life, I have been living in fear of something. Whether it’s the weather, what my friends think, or the safety of my children, I’ve generally been terrified of some particular circumstance.

This type of feelings and states tends to occur more frequently than is thought, they can even form part of the habitual thoughts in many people without them being able to consciously reason them to be able to determine that they are living from fear, however, with Some key signs can be determined if you live in fear.

Understand what you feel

If you are living in fear, you probably don’t know it yet. It is not always easy to recognize the symptoms of this negative trait. Living in fear can also manifest itself in your health, make you sick, or temporarily paralyze your immune system.

Signs that you are living in fear

There are certain signs that you are living in fear and certain ways to help eliminate most of these fears.

1. You are a perfectionist

If you go out of your way to make sure everything is perfect, then you may be living in fear. It’s scary to think about rejection or not being good enough, and if these thoughts rule your head, they will make you live in fear most of the day.

It’s good to try your best to do good deeds, but it’s not healthy to be a perfectionist. Your life will be controlled by what you cannot do and how you can fail. Another reason being a perfectionist means you are afraid is because you think that no one else can do things as well as you. You must remember that you are not here to be perfect.

 2. You don’t take any risks

Living in fear means that you won’t take as many risks either. When some people do brave things, you may feel more comfortable playing it safe. This may be a personal preference, and yet it may be a sign of cowardice.

Life doesn’t have to be exciting, but once in a while, it’s normal to take a risk. Fear will not allow this to happen and will even push you to avoid leaving your comfort zone.

3. You postpone everything

If you like procrastinating most of the time, it could mean that you are a bit lazy. But on the other hand, it could also be a sign that you are living in fear.

Some of these things you must do will require courage, and you know it. Therefore, the reason you put it off for another day is to avoid challenging that fear. The truth is that it is best to do it and continue. However, it is easier said than done, so you yourself must contemplate very well what fear is that does not allow you to conclude projects.

4. You want to have everything under control

The people who hold on to control are usually the people with fear. The ability to keep your life the same, day after day, is something that many people covet. Unfortunately, life changes whether you like it or not.

The more things tend to change the more controlling you become. But that pace of life is overwhelming and can lead to physical and mental exhaustion for anyone, losing control is terrifying for someone with fear.

5. Inability to speak

It’s not just about public speaking class. It’s about expressing your opinion when you feel the need. Suppressing this basic freedom is a form of control. When you do it to yourself, it’s out of fear.

If you can’t seem to say how you feel, then you are living in fear of something. Anyone should feel safe enough to tell the truth from their own beliefs. Living in fear can also be the root of shyness.

Have you ever felt butterflies in your stomach? These butterflies not only appear when you fall in love, but also appear when you are faced with something scary. If fear rules your life, these little symptoms can turn into a permanent illness caused by a psychological problem from the past – and they come in the form of fear.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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