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31-Day Blog Challenge | day 18

Welcome back to the challenge. If you’re new, don’t forget you can catch up from the beginning here. Today I’m talking about what I’m afraid of.

In a physical sense, this is an easy question to answer. I’m deathly scared of spiders. I’m fine with any other animal, even other arachnids, like scorpions. But spiders cause some kind of guttural reaction in me. Whenever I feel like I’m getting better with the phobia, I see a house spider run across the floor I dissolve into a jibbering mess.

Even Lucas the spider creeps me out.

This question becomes a bit more philosophical when I think about non-physical things I’m afraid of.

Being someone who struggles with anxiety on a daily basis, this list could go on and on. There are so many things I’m worried about, such as my relationship, the health of my family members, money and all that goes hand-in-hand with that. While most people have generalised worries about these sorts of things, my anxiety amplifies it.

A few years back I had some therapy to help deal with my anxiety, and I was given a few coping mechanisms which have been invaluable. Grounding techniques and use of the Worry Tree help me to stop a small niggle at the back of my mind into a full-blown panic attack.

What are you afraid of? In a physical and non-physical sense? Do you have coping mechanisms to help you deal with it? Let me know in the comments, I’d love to have a conversation with you.

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