As a woman, there are many unfortunate, unique struggles that you will face within your lifetime. With those struggles, and even simply with the expectation that those struggles will eventually arrive, one is left with a large amount of fear and uncertainty within themselves. Below, we’ll discuss not only some of the most common kinds of fear women face but also ways to overcome these fears and prevail as an improved person.
Common Fears In Women
Obviously, fear is not something that is inherently gendered. People of every gender have fears, and some of them are shared among various genders without any specific separation. However, there are some fears that women are either more likely to face, or women face more often than their male counterparts. Some of these fears include:
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Rejection
- Fear of Change
- Fear of Vulnerability
As you can see, none of these things are tangible. They aren’t real things like spiders or heights, but rather strong emotional challenges and struggles. Therefore, the methods women take to face these fears will be, likewise, unconventional.
Develop A Strong Support Network
If there is one thing that is guaranteed to hold strong in the face of doubt, it is community. Though being independent is an admirable and positive trait, there is such a thing as hyper-independence. A mistrust of all those around you is something that no one wants, and it is something that could greatly contribute to your fears being exacerbated.
Find your tribe, your people, a close circle of individuals who you know you can count on. This can be any number of people, but it doesn’t need to be any more than two or three. You are the company you keep, so if you keep the company of people who are strong and resilient, your behavior and attitude will reflect that.
It’s no secret that confidence is key, but the fact is that those who take the time to meet their own needs are going to be more successful in meeting the needs of others. If you want to be someone who is fearless in the face of difficulty, and dependable to those around you, it is essential that you take the time to practice self-care, even on a basic level.
Self-care can be a multitude of things. It doesn’t have to be what you immediately think of, like getting your hair or nails done or doing a face mask. In fact, self-care can look a lot like making yourself square meals and allotting yourself enough sleep at night. Taking care of yourself, and feeling as though your personal needs have been met, will put you in the best position to conquer even your worst fears.
Connect With Your Spiritual Self
When in doubt, take time to seek within yourself a greater purpose in order to rationalize the things that make you fearful. If you aren’t religious, try to study philosophy or art. If you are, see if you can participate in an event or activity that will allow you to reconnect with that part of yourself. Be In Health is an organization that is dedicated to doing just that, offering several retreats dedicated to connecting with the Lord and relating health struggles to a relationship with God. In this way, many women are able to become more empowered and connected with the deeper, more emotional parts of themselves and their hearts. Having this kind of intimate connection with the self is a key to solving many of the fears women face.
Don’t Give Up Hope
Just because you may be afraid now doesn’t mean that is how you’ll feel forever. Many women are subject to thoughts of self-doubt, a lack of importance, or fear the worst. But, this is not a feeling that you’ll have to face forever.
Every woman has struggles, though they are always unique in nature. Find solidarity in your fellow women, and use your fear as an opportunity to build a deeper understanding of yourself and those around you. With enough resilience and time, any fear, even the worst of them, can be conquered.
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