Fear, according to the dictionary, means an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of pain, harm or danger. Over time there have been several interpretations of the word fear especially using it as an acronym.

One of these interpretations is False Evidence Appearing Real. Another says Forget Everything And Run, but one remarkable interpretation worthy of mention is Face Everything And Rise.

Which of these meanings appeals to you the most? While you are considering your response, let me tell you this.

Fear is characterised by a feeling of perceived danger or threat and the most common reaction to it is fleeing or hiding, sometimes freezing and being unable to move at that particular moment because you are overwhelmed. Most times, when you are confronted by something that scares you the first thought is to run away but that is not the best way to handle it.

Which of these are you afraid of, rejection, failure, change, uncertainty, inadequacy, being judged, getting hurt?

News flash! It’s okay to be scared but what’s most important is what you do when you are scared.

Here are a few ways to conquer your fear as a plus-sized person.

  • First things first:

You must realise that fear doesn’t change any situation; it may only worsen it by making you feel helpless and disabled. Running away or hiding will not do justice to it either, your fear only waits for you to return and it confronts you again until you are able to overcome it.

  • Get adequate information about that situation: 

Depending on what you are afraid of, get detailed information about it and find a solution to that situation. You also need to check yourself to know why you are scared of such and take an alternative option.

  • Talk to someone:

There is a saying that “a problem shared is a problem halved” this simply means that talking to someone about a situation most likely helps you get a solution faster than when you handle it alone. Find someone who will listen and advise you on how to get out of that situation.

  • Develop a positive mindset:

Most times, the way you see things greatly affects how you respond to them. You can either have a negative perspective of things by believing that nothing good can come out of such a situation or you can be positive and choose to see the bright side. It all depends on your mindset.

  • Fall in love with you, again:

If you haven’t read the article about falling in love with yourself, please do that immediately. Dear, you matter a lot, and that’s what’s important, you do not need validation from anyone for you to realise how important you are. Without you, the world would be incomplete! And that is a fact! You do not require other people’s opinion to be you or to shine like the star you are, always remember that. Once you are in love with you, the fear of rejection, getting hurt or being judged would never be a problem. You are enough and don’t let anyone make you feel less than you are!

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