How Do You Deal With Phobias?

I hate needles. I hate them a lot. I know more people do, but there’s a good chance I hate them more. Now that I’m off to the dentist in about an hour and a half… how do I cope with it, mentally? How do you deal with phobias?

Sure, maybe I’m a “wuss” or something for feeling this way, but everybody has something they’re freaked out about a bit, and every person has a way of dealing with it. Maybe it’s something as silly as cotton balls (my dad, seriously, or something justifiable like spiders or snakes. Mine is needles. I simply hate them; every single one.

I know that the “little pinch” that I’ll experience will be basically nothing, in the grand scheme of things, and that this is done to alleviate any worry about experiencing further pain while they perform the drilling and such that they have to do. Overall, I know that it has to be done, and that it’s better this way. That makes me feel somewhat more comfortable about the decision to have it done, but it doesn’t help me at all with the notion that it’s going to be done. I know I have to do it, but I don’t like that I’m doing it.

I’m gonna get poked a couple of times in my mouth, and I would be lying if I didn’t admit I’ve been thinking about how to face that like a man for quite a few hours now.

Your Turn

So what’s your phobia? What do you do to deal with it? Is the secret taking deep breathes, or maybe it’s singing a song or something. I really don’t know. What do I do to mentally get over it in the future? What do you usually do? Comments below please!

Charlie Pryor

Charlie is a media producer, writer, and a traveler. He grew up in Michigan, all of his life and attended Grand Valley State University for a B.S. in Film and Video Production. He's married to a wonderful woman named Hang, and simply hopes to one day turn himself into a man that many will remember long after he's gone.

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  1. HangLePryor says:

    I squeezed my hands tightly hoping that the pain i’m feeling in my ¬†hand will overcome the pain i’m about to feel. It’s like a way of making your body used to feeling the pain so you ease into it!

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