There’s a moment when fear can take over.

You’re on a hike and decide to balance across a huge old log. It’s sitting just high enough off the ground that falling off could hurt you.

About halfway across the log, you decide it’s sensible to turn around. You go to do it, but you get that flash of fear. It washes over you, and suddenly you’re frozen.

Breathing becomes shallow. Legs stiffen.

There’s a moment when fear can take over.

When you get that first feeling, it’s helpful to take a deep breath. When you exhale, try to relax your body as much as possible and drop your center of gravity just a bit.

This is grounding. You feel connected to the earth. Supported.

It’s often enough to get you past that moment and back into action.

Try it next time you feel fear wash over you.