Rewind Fear

Most of are over stimulated by fear from television and news, movies, and newspapers. Then we add to it by envisioning terrifying events and imagining the worst. Fear is exhausting–and terrible for our health. Learn this simple technique to rewind needless fear:

In its place, fear is a useful emotion and can alert us to real danger. But when we can’t get away from needless fear, we lose resources for the rest of our lives.

The reason we often imagine the worst is to feel like we are prepared, forewarned, in control of every possibility. To take back your life from fear, you need to say “enough” to your mind’s desire to control everything. Take reasonable precautions in your life and then address your fears by seeing them as a movie running in your head. As soon as you notice unbidden fearful scenes arising, imagine the projectionist rapidly rewinding the reel–all the movements are backward, you hear the gibberish of voices going backward. Then picture the universal sign for “No” (a red circle and slash) across the movie. Say to yourself, “That is one possible future. Not the only one.” Change the sensation in your body by creating the picture or story of the future you do want. Then reclaim your life.

Adapted from 365 Energy Boosters, by Susannah Seton and Sondra Kornblatt (Conari Press, 2005). Copyright (c) 2005 by Susannah Seton and Sondra Kornblatt. Reprinted by permission of Conari Press.
Adapted from 365 Energy Boosters, by Susannah Seton and Sondra Kornblatt (Conari Press, 2005).

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Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola2 years ago

Thank you for posting this article.

Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W.3 years ago

thank you

patricia m lasek
patricia lasek4 years ago

24 hour cable news shows don't help, especially the fear-mongering FAUX news.

Jos� Mar�a Olmos Sant

Thanks for the info

Veronika Sadilkova

Thank you.

Susan H.
Susan H.4 years ago

Very well said. I've been trying to do this, and am in the process of trying to get my husband to do the same. He tends to be "gloom and doom" about things, and I think it has rubbed off on me over the years. It's hard to fight negative thoughts when your spouse keeps focusing on the worst possible outcomes of things. He says it's like I'm sticking my head in the sand.

Melissah Chadwick
Melissah C.4 years ago


Bon L.
Bon L.4 years ago

Thanks for the info.

karin m.
Karin M.5 years ago

that's easier said than done.

Robert O.
Robert O.5 years ago

Something to think about. Thank you.