The fear of change, or metathesiophobia, is the fear of people changing any circumstances due to extreme anxiety of facing the unknown, according to VeryWellMind. As human beings, it’s pretty normal for us to experience fear especially when we’re faced with uncertainty.
Fear of change: identifying the signs and symptoms
So, how can you recognize if you or someone you knew also have this kind of phobia? Some symptoms are easy to identify because they show physically, emotionally, or mentally. Sometimes it’s feeling unhappy in a situation but refusing to create positive change, or it is the extreme anxiety about your future or refusing to break away from your routine because you don’t know what will happen if you do; and a lot more. But, remember that recognizing these emotions is the first step to managing the the fear of change. You have to find a way how to manage and control the situation so it won’t be destructive for you.
Like what Alan Watts said, “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” The best recourse to situations like fear of change is to deal with it head-on. You have to face it while it’s happening. For example, you are afraid of leaving a toxic relationship because you are not sure of what will happen next and if you can survive without your partner. To conquer this challenge, you have to step up and let your partner know about what you are feeling and how you would like to proceed with the relationship. You have to try to control the situation to alleviate any kind of fear.
Aside from mustering your courage and facing your fears with a brave heart, there are other ways to minimize and control your fears. These simple techniques are very subjective and you have to find what will work for you and your situation.
Write on a journal
First on the list is starting a personal journal. Keeping a journal can help you get in touch with your emotions. This can help you understand your fears and shift them. Writing your experiences and emotions can help you to better understand what triggers your anxiety and fears. You can also write possible scenarios and outcomes if you choose to stick with one decision. Keeping a healthy mind is a form of self-love.
Create a vision board
You can also try to create a vision board. Compile everything, for example, photographs, magazine cutouts, home ideas, etc, and arrange them on the mood board to manifest those things. This can help you create a new reality and be ready for what will happen when you make the decision.
Find a support system
Last, you can talk to your family and friends about your situation and how they can help you to manage your fears. Choose someone you are very close with, so they can genuinely provide emotional support and chill with you.
Have you ever felt overpowering fear that it’s paralyzing and sometimes it consumes all of your energy? If you have, what triggered the situation, and what did you do to overcome it?
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