17 March is St. Patrick’s Day and will be celebrated around the world by millions of people who will flood the streets of their cities in huge displays of public revelry.
While most of us enjoy being part of these throngs of humanity, for a small percentage of people the very idea of being in a crowd is utterly terrifying.
When this fear takes on phobic proportions, it is called enochlophobia. While this is a serious psychological condition that usually requires professional help, many people ‘only’ experience heightened anxiety and nervousness when exposed to crowds rather than a full-blown phobic episode. Should you have these feelings and live in a large city, simple tasks like commuting or going shopping can turn into a huge psychological ordeal.
Luckily there are some helpful tips and tricks you can apply to deal with the stress.
(1) Start small
Therapists suggest that controlling your exposure to progressively larger groups of people can be a very good solution. Starting of with small social gatherings then gradually scaling up through visits to a cinema or theater has been shown to help. The key is picking places where the crowds are not overly mobile or noisy and where it is easy to get away to a quiet, private space. This is why the cinema specifically works so well.
2) Focus on only one person
Taking a supportive friend with you and being able to focus intensely on a conversation with him or her also helps many people. You can even plan a conversation in advance and study for it. When you’re focussed on relaying a bunch of learned and complex information you are able to take your mind off your surroundings.
3) Breathing exercises
Mindful breathing is a great way to deal with anxiety, and takes only a little practise to master. Deep, controlled breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body. Those things that happen when you are stressed, such as increased heart rate, fast breathing, and high blood pressure, all decrease as you breathe deeply to relax.
As with all emotion, the practice of meditation can serve to steady the mind and help you deal with the immediate effects of fear and to distinguish a false threat from a real threat that needs to be acted upon. Meditation has been scientifically proven to reduce anxiety and give greater stability in response to stress.
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