Use the RIA Method to Control Your Fear
Use the RIA Method to Control Your Fears
FEAR IS A DESTRUCTING THING. Sure, it exists to keep you out of harm’s way, but when it kicks in during a public speech, a first date, or that moment you’re about to hit “submit” on a job application, it’s not exactly beneficial.
- The next time you feel afraid use “RIA” method.
TYPES OF FEARS
THE RIA METHOD
Get a sense of how you’re feeling. Is your heart beating fast? Are you feeling hot, or breaking out in a cold sweat? Is your mouth dry, or are you feeling some digestive discomfort? These are all symptoms of a fear response, and this first step simply involves acknowledging that: something is happening in your body that suggests you’re afraid.
If you’ve done the first two steps and you’re still deep in the fear response, it’s now time to address the fear. If it’s a factual fear, this is obviously the point when you should take steps to protect yourself. If it’s a fictional fear, however, there are a number of strategies you can use to overcome it.