By: Stanley Popovich

There are times that we encounter fearful thoughts that can be difficult to manage. For some people, the more they try to get rid of the thoughts, the stronger the thoughts become and the more difficult they become to manage.

As a result, here is a brief list of techniques that a person can use to help manage their fearful and obsessive thoughts.

1.The first thing a person must do is not to dwell or focus on the fear provoking thought when it comes. The more a person tries to reason out the thought or focus on the fear behind the thought, the stronger the thought becomes. The next time you encounter an obsessive thought, get into the practice of not dwelling on it.

2. A person should visualize a red stop sign in their mind when they encounter an obsessive thought.When the negative thought comes, a person should think of a red stop sign that serves as a reminder to stop focusing on that thought and to think of something else. A person can then try to think of something positive to replace the negative thought.

3. Your thoughts are exaggerated. Sometimes, a person may encounter a lot of scary thoughts coming at them all at once. Instead of getting upset, remember that these thoughts are exaggerated and are not based on reality. These thoughts are based on fear. Ignore the fear behind these obsessive thoughts, regardless how the strong the fear may be.

4. Its only fear. Remember that the difference between an obsessive thought and a regular thought is that an obsessive thought is based on fear. With this in mind, try to find the source of the fear behind the thought. Once you find the source of the fear, the key is to get rid of the fear.

5. Learn to challenge your negative thinking with positive statements and realistic thinking. When encountering thoughts that make your fearful or depressed, challenge those thoughts by asking yourself questions that will maintain objectivity and common sense. Changing your thinking can help you manage your fears.

6. A person should keep a small notebook of positive statements that makes them feel good. Whenever you come across a positive and uplifting verse that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook. A person can then carry this notebook around in their pocket and whenever they feel anxious, they can read their notes.

Note: The topics of these free articles are covered much more thoroughly in the book, “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods“.