If you break into a cold sweat when faced with small spaces, these tips will help you bravely face your worst fears and get back to living.
- Step 1: Seek professional help if the physical symptoms are serious or debilitating or if they persist without relief.
- Step 2: Try medication to lessen and control the anxiety symptoms and to help conquer your fear.
- FACT: About 10 percent of people have had a phobia at some time in their lives.
- TIP: Fears and phobias are not always psychological. Sometimes they can be linked to physical trauma or illness.
- Step 3: Relax and visualize something pleasant such as a favorite pet or an open area like a field or lake.
- Step 4: Confront your fear in a controlled environment. For example, step into a stopped elevator or walk into a closet and shut the door halfway for a few moments.
- TIP: Don't be afraid to seek help from a friend or family member when confronting your claustrophobia.
- Step 5: Concentrate on your breathing to keep your mind from dwelling on negative thoughts. Work through the stress slowly.
- Step 6: Evaluate the causes of your claustrophobia and realize they are in the past and can't hurt you now.