Fear can be use­ful – a way of cop­ing with ex­treme sit­u­a­tions. How­ever, fight or flight mode kicks in whether the danger is real or imag­ined. Not in ac­tual danger? This ad­vice may help you bump off things that go bump in the night…

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Short term

Breathe: deep breaths help the body to get back un­der con­trol.

Walk: make good use of adren­a­line if you’re about to ap­proach some­thing fright­en­ing.

Write it down or speak it out: this helps stop the fear from cir­cling around (and around) your brain.

Long term

Iden­tify what it is that scares you and why, and tackle it through ex­po­sure. But grad­u­ally – don’t dive straight into that shark tank.

Look af­ter your­self – those old chest­nuts of bal­anced diet, sleep, ex­er­cise and avoid­ing stim­u­lants all equip you bet­ter to cope.

If it is too big to man­age on your own, get help from a pro­fes­sional.

Even longer term

In Au­gust, sci­en­tists man­aged to erase fear mem­o­ries in mice brains us­ing light, so a solution may be pos­si­ble for hu­mans.

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