Stop the Fear Cycle
Often without even realizing it, we allow and foster a fear cycle growing inside. One negative thought causes some fear. That fear causes a more negative thought which in turn produces greater fear.
Before you know it, the fear has grown to a very large proportion. As it gains momentum, the fear begins to direct us, it takes over and we are swayed along.
How do you intervene in the increasing fear cycle?
1) First be aware of the inner dialogue that is happening. Notice the thoughts and the effect of those thoughts.
2) Then, grab one thought and make a conscious decision to do thought replacement with a thought that is more positive. This is actually a basic principal in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Or another way to say it, if you will take that thought and run it by Christ. Let Christ examine the thought and substitute a thought of which he would approve. “….we take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:5.
In this way, we exercise our faith. As we do this again and again, we change our inner space and can stop the fear cycle.
Rev. Dr. Amanda Ragland, LMFT