You may remember these words from a popular song in the eighties. How many of you have woken up in the early hours and let your fears wash over you? It seems to be the time that we are most vulnerable to negative thinking. It is the time when the solution that you thought would work, throws you a curve ball.

Everything seems impossible to deal with and overcome.

You feel at your lowest and you lie there wishing you could fall back to sleep, so you didn’t have to think about your problems. If this sometimes happens to you here are some strategies that will help you overcome these unwelcome thoughts.

1. Firstly really feel your fear. As Dr Phil says “you can’t change what you won’t acknowledge”. Get into it and think about the worst outcome you can possibly imagine. Then tell yourself that you can survive the worst that can happen. You have survived in the past and you can survive in the future. Your spirit is much hardier than you believe. Then you can accept that this is normal to feel this way in these circumstances. Anyone would feel this way if they were in the same situation. It is normal to feel fear, this is how the human race survives.

2. Go now into your mental movie studio. Get comfortable and generate a film onto the screen before you. Imagine yourself as extremely capable and competent. Let the scene of the imagined catastrophe unfold before you. But in this movie you can accomplish the outcome that you want. You are skilled, clever and gifted. You can deal with this situation in a way that will have a happy outcome for you.

3. Affirm to yourself that you have handled problems in the past and you can handle this one easily and well.

4. If you are still having problems removing your fear, mentally go back into your movie studio and replay the situation. This time I want you to turn everything you see as ridiculous and funny. Use your imagination to create a comedy. Turn the plot into a funny farce and laugh at it. The situation becomes amusing, the people become hilarious, and you laugh your fear away.

I hope this helps the next time you have the four o’clock horrors!

Written by Christine Sherborne - For more articles like this visit her web site

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Author's Bio: 

Christine, is a successful businesswoman with more than twenty five years experience, having owned and run businesses both in New Zealand and the UK, and now in Australia.

She was awarded ‘Auckland Business Woman of the Year’, in 1996, for the remarkable and rapid growth, and success of her packaging company.

Christine originally trained in Art and Design, and later achieved a Diploma in Sales and Marketing. She has used her natural business talents and creative flair to develop innovative and successful business ventures as diverse as packaging, importing, computer sales and manufacturing.

Christine has travelled widely, sourcing product, suppliers, customers and manufacturers for her businesses, giving her a natural empathy, enabling her to negotiate and communicate with a diverse range of nationalities and peoples with confidence.

Being a naturally positive person, she has long been interested in self-help and motivation, and she is widely read in these subjects, using the knowledge gained to help to progress her various business interests.

In her personal life she has experienced major life traumas which have taught her many valuable lessons. Those experiences and how she coped with them, overcame them and restored joy and happiness into her own life, prompted her to write a series of inspirational self-help CDs to help others who may be going through similar traumas.