My kids are a little older now, but I recall each of them having a blanket that made them feel safe. Because the fear response is one of the first parts of our brain to develop (the amygdala), reaching for a safety mechanism is innate in us all.
But what happens as adults when we get stuck in fear, and we do not have a safety blanket? We often try to cover ourselves with words, actions, unhealthy decisions, or develop behaviors detrimental to our lives.
Fear does that, you see. Fear reaches for a blanket. The problem? The blanket cannot do for us as an adult what it did for us as a kid. In fact, the blanket is now unhealthy.
So what do we do in the face of real fear without a means to cover ourselves?
Here are a few techniques that might help you when fear makes itself known:
Blog written by Master’s Level Intern, Matt Wade