Tips on overcoming fear of camping alone⛺🔥. #3
Tips on overcoming fear of camping alone⛺🔥. Tip number three: make friends with your anxiety.
In my last post I talked about how to keep your thoughts from escalating when you feel anxious. This can keep your anxiety from escalating, but you`ll probably still find yourself feeling anxious. Anxiety is a feeling and a feeling is a physical sensation in the body. The feeling of anxiety usually gives us a fast heart beat, muscle tension, sweating, nausea, diarrhea (I love when that comes when I`m outside), problems concentrating and so on.
You can't really turn off a feeling. When you`re afraid because you're out in the forest, it`s dark and you're alone, it's far along a natural reaction to the situation.
The tip here is to accept that your body is having the feeling of anxiety. It's having a physical reaction to the situation. Another thing is that anxiety is like your irritating little brother. It will get more intense if you try to ignore it, whilst if you let it be there it will settle down. So when you start feeling anxious, instead of pushing the feeling down, try to notice how that anxiety feels in your body. Do you get tense, does your heartrate go up, are you getting cold hands? Whatever anxiety feels like for you, just let it be there, feel it and try to appreciate it.
Remember that anxiety is there to help you. It`s not entirely off to be anxious when you are alone in the forest. When you`re anxious you`ll be more alert and more prone to react efficiently if you`re in a dangerous situation.
This tip might help you to settle down a bit when anxious by stop avoiding the feeling. Some people have a good effect of this technique, whilst for others don't find it helpful. If you want to learn more about this, check out mindfulness meditation.