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How to overcome the fear of heights: 5 tricks

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Acrophobia is one of the most common phobias of people. Fear of heights is estimated to affect 6% of the population, with symptoms such as excessive sweating, dizziness, tachycardia and headache. This phobia  can cause symptoms from mild discomfort to total inability to carry out daily activities. Fortunately, there are some ways to cope with this condition to face day to day life with greater comfort. Learn 5 tricks to overcome the fear of heights!

Identify the trigger points of your fear

Each person presents different symptoms against acrophobia. For some it is a mild fear that occurs in situations that are considered risky, while for others it is an excessive fear in contexts that do not represent a risk to life. One way to start overcoming fear of heights is by identifying the exact situations that trigger this fear; This way, you will be able to look at your fear from a new perspective, which will help you approach it differently and possibly eradicate it forever.

Try to look at acrophobia from a logical perspective

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It is not about standing on a ledge to overcome your fear, but about meditating on what the real risks are that you face. Perhaps your fear occurs in situations over which you have no control, such as boarding a plane, or in those where you have the physical support to avoid risks, such as escalators. Check the statistics, analyze the number of accidents that occurred in the specific situation that causes you fear and discover if your fear is really unfounded or based on logic. The answer could change your way of seeing things forever!

Do breathing exercises

Guided meditation, breathing exercises and engaging in an activity like yoga could be the answer to releasing the tensions of heights, no matter where you are. Take a deep breath in and out when you find yourself in a situation that triggers your acrophobia. Controlling your breathing could prevent you from falling prey to an anxiety attack and will reduce the risk of rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating or dizziness.

Go to therapy to face your fear


For some people acrophobia is a limiting condition. In the most severe cases it prevents them from carrying out the most common tasks. In the most extreme cases medication is required to lead a normal life. Going to therapy is an option that is advisable for people who suffer from acrophobia, but it is important to take the time to choose a therapist who adapts to the needs of the patient, so that he faces his fear and resolves it gradually and effectively.

Go to your doctor for a diagnosis

Although it is not always the case, sometimes an accurate diagnosis is enough to identify the reason behind the symptoms of acrophobia, since it can be physiological in origin. Visual problems and stimuli, as well as conditions in the vestibular system, can present vision problems, causing disorientation that is sometimes confused with a symptom of acrophobia.

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