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How To Overcome Cowardice


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Do you often feel like a coward in tough situations? I’ll say that cowardice is too negative a word because being scared is humane. Everybody has their own fears and insecurities, and it is only natural to feel cowardly from time to time. 

In fact, I suggest taking it as a good sign because it implies that you are doing something that is out of your comfort zone, which is essential to grow and move forward in life. Don’t feel demeaned if others invalidate your fears and call them irrational. Everyone learns at their own pace, and you don’t need others’ validation for your fears to be “real.”

However, living with crippling terror all the time can take a toll on your mental health and stop you from taking important steps at work or in relationships. That’s why I have suggested a few tips to tone down your “cowardice” and replace it with confidence.

#1 Cultivate confidence-boosting habits: Are you aware of these habits, or is this term foreign to you? Yes, you can indeed increase your self-confidence by practicing a few things routinely. It can be as simple as telling yourself positive self-affirmations, working out, or joining a hobby class. 

When you engage in activities that bring joy, you get a rush of adrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin. These are the “happy hormones” that make you feel good about yourself. You’ll feel confident in your body, and that’ll reflect in your personality.

#2 Be mindful of your thoughts: Being a nihilist is considered cool these days, and so is self-deprecating humor. But these constant thoughts and perceptions can weigh you down more than you realize. Be mindful of your thoughts, say uplifting things about yourself as much as possible, and don’t entertain any negativity.

#3 Take that leap of faith: Some situations and decisions will have you shivering with fear, but don’t let your spirit waver. Sometimes, you need to do certain things to get closer to a better and evolved version of yourself, even if that brings in some fear. 

#4 Seek professional help: If you feel that the amount of stress and fear that you experience daily is really unhealthy and unmanageable, then consider talking to a therapist or a counselor. 

Therapy coupled with medications (if you need them) can help simplify things. Remember that you don’t have to carry the burden of your feelings alone all the time; help is available out there.

Have you ever felt like a coward? What steps did you take to overcome it?

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