Chapter 3: Coping with your fear
Understanding your fear
It is possible to become stuck in fear, unable to manage daily activities, and closed to options and opportunities. You might find yourself thinking: "I would never join a bereavement support group" or "I will never be able to sort through his clothing."
Consider the questions of psychologist James Hollis:
- What are my fears making me do in my life?
- What are my fears keeping me from doing in my life?
When do I need help coping with fear?
Talk to your family doctor or a mental health professional if fear and anxiety prevent you from managing your daily life or if you often feel panic.
Some signs of panic:
- Shortness of breath
- Racing heart beat
- Chest pain
- Trembling or shaking
- Feeling like you are choking