There are many fears we face in this word: The dark, spiders, heights, and even water. It can take a ton of different steps to overcome these fears and get to a place where the specific phobia no longer controls our emotions, especially when it comes to a fear of water. In this article, we are going to focus on some tips and bits of advice to begin your journey into leaving those negative emotions and feelings behind, and overcoming your phobia of water.
When it comes to overcoming your fear of water, or any type of fear for that matter, it is not always the best solution to just dive in blind and try to take it all head on. Although it might seem like the fast answer to just take everything about the fear head on to get the scary feeling over with, it could actually cause more anxiety for yourself, and make the fear grow even greater in the long run. This is why the best way to tackle any fear, such as the fear of water, is to begin with simple exercises to ease yourself into the situation.
The fear of water often derives from other fears that pertain to water, such as a fear of drowning, or the fear of not knowing what exactly lies under the water ( especially murky and muddy water). These first exercises that we are going to discuss are meant to help anyone who has this fear of water to just get the general sense of being in the water itself. Ideally, when working on these exercises, it is best to begin with water that is crystal clear and has shallow areas ( i.e. A swimming pool). This will allow you to be able to see what is or is not in the water, and is not too deep that you can’t touch the bottom. It can also help to wear swimming goggles while by the water, as well as having someone with you for emotional support.
The first basic exercises for getting used to the feeling of water are very simple, working as the stepping stones to get your body used to the sensation of it. You can start by just dangling your feet in from the edge of the pool just to get the feeling of the water on your body. After that first step, you can try just applying it to your face, or even splashing it in your face. This will allow you to feel how the water is on your face if you were to go underwater in some scenario.
Once you feel you are becoming more comfortable with the sensation of the water, you can begin to make your way in via one of the ladders at the shallow end. However, make sure you don’t go any deeper than your chest so that you can get acclimated to this next sensation. Finally comes the moment of truth, getting your head fully submerged under the water. This will need to be a slow step by step process also so that the comfort level can be reached fully. Start by submerging only one section at a time, such as the chin, then under the nose, under the eyes, and then, if you are ready, go for the entire head and face.
Overcoming any fear, especially when it comes to water, needs to be taken seriously and one step at a time. Rushing into everything could only make the fears and anxieties increase, which is not what you want in the long run. Once you feel totally at peace and comfortable with being submerged from head to toe in shallow waters, try taking it a step further and beginning to float. This will help you realize that your body is capable of keeping itself afloat in the water, and should help increase that comfort level another notch. Overcoming phobias, like aquaphobia, can seem like the impossible, but with these tips and tricks, you will find your anxieties beginning to relieve themselves in no time.