Spirit - Facing Your Fears

Health Benefits

  • Enhanced mental health
  • Improved overall wellness


It is estimated that up to 70 percent of cancer survivors report “clinically significant levels” of fear of recurrence and this is true even when recurrence risk is low and the prognosis is good. Fear is a powerful emotion that causes us to believe that something is dangerous or could cause us pain. It can serve us well when it puts us on alert in situations of danger, such as if there is an intruder in the house, but it can become detrimental when the fear is unfounded or becomes chronic.

Whether it’s the fear of a cancer recurrence or a fear of public speaking, fears can (and should) be faced. There are very specific ways to address fears and that’s what this Action Step is all about.

This Action Step will focus on perspective and being proactive. We can successfully change our perspective, which helps to loosen the stranglehold of our fears. And then we can proactively use active coping skills to continue to keep our fears at bay. It’s time to release your fears Thriver!


In this Action Step, you will be given strategies to help you face your fears. You will be also be provided with tools to address your fears and on Day 5 you will be taught how to make friends with your fears. So, don’t be afraid, Thriver! Choose this Action Step.

Why It Works

Fear that becomes chronic can negatively impact emotional health and disrupt quality of life. Fortunately, the scientific literature describes key ways to regulate fear by changing “fear circuitry” in the brain.


Hartley CA, Phelps EA. Changing fear: The neurocircuitry of emotion regulation. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2010;35(1):136-146.

Milad MR, Quirk GJ. Fear extinction as a model for translational neuroscience: ten years of progress. Annu Rev Psychol. 2012;63:129-151.