5 Reasons to Relish your Fear this Halloween
Be afraid, be very afraid
It’s that time of year again when we surround ourselves with fearsomely carved pumpkins (and orange covered chocolate).
Being afraid isn’t all bad though. Here are 5 ways that being made to tremble could actually help you out.
1. Being scared alerts you to harm
We will start with the obvious. Fear is a natural instinct designed to help you avoid dangerous situations. Think of it as an alarm bell.
When we get scared, our bodies react physically so we can handle the danger, also known as our fight-or-flight response – that sudden rush of adrenaline which allows you to move faster or become stronger than you thought you were.
It is a basic survival instinct.
2. A Little Can Help you Achieve your Goals
Two things can happen when we become afraid. We can face our fear, or we can run away from it.
Identifying our fears can help alert us to areas in our lives that we are limiting ourselves. For example, a fear of rejection may be poisoning our relationships. Being able to stand up to fear and overcome it is one of the best ways to grow as a person.
3. It can Help you in a tight Squeeze
When that adrenaline comes, a tight deadline is approaching, or you are just running out of time to complete a deadline.
The acute stress that accompanies fear can actually be good in these situations. It keeps you up, helps you focus and gives you more drive to complete the task before the time is up.
4. A lot of People Actually Enjoy it
Roller coaster rides, Halloween, haunted houses, skydiving, bungee jumping, scary movies or even skiing, all of these things inject us with huge amounts of fear and we as humans relish the vigour of the adrenaline rush that comes with it.
5. Fear can help us become closer to people
Remember when you and your partner flicked on a scary movie and huddled together? Fear is a powerful emotional and physical response and sharing the experience with someone can help you become closer. Not to forget the excuse to get close to them.
Harnessing the hidden powers of fear
We all have negative associations with the idea of fear, but as we’ve seen it is useful to help give us drive, avoid dangerous situations and fill us with the buzzing thrill of adrenaline.
However, it can be detrimental. Most people have an irrational phobia of some sort, whether it’s Acrophobia (heights), Arachnophobia (spiders), Agoraphobia (having a panic attack in public), or Mysophobia (germs). These can be debilitating and cause damage to quality of life.
So, when it comes to making the most of your fear this scary season, you need to face up to it (within reason), ride the wave of adrenaline that comes with it and overcome it. And then you can start harnessing the power of fear.