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How to Manage Fear During Stressful Legal Situations

Getting entangled with the law is a scary and overwhelming experience. Whether it’s because of a business transaction, a financial issue, a tort or civil wrong, or even divorce, there’s always going to be that feeling of unease. Going to court and participating in legal proceedings is not easy.

A lot of times, people don’t pursue legal solutions even if they know it’s for the best or it’s the right thing to do. They just deal with the repercussions of doing nothing. The reason behind that is fear. When we’re afraid of something, we become hindered from pursuing the things that we want or the things that are right for us. 

And it’s even more accurate when it comes to pursuing legal action. Even if we know that it’s the right thing to do, we tend to hide from it because of fear. But legal situations are when we should learn to harness our fear and live with it in order to let something great emerge. 

How to Manage Fear

Fear can hinder us from doing so many things. And we all have our different coping mechanisms to deal with it. Some people face their fears head on. Some ignore it, or at least try to. Others hide from it. Although we all may have different notions of fear and different ways of coping, the first step is always the same — recognizing it.

Fear is false evidence appearing real. And once we realize that we’re not doing something because of fear, we can identify ways to manage or cope with it. When we learn how to identify fear, we can better see things critically instead of emotionally. 

Being afraid hinders us from so many things — and it can present itself in overwhelming situations like legal proceedings. But recognizing fear helps us think more critically, take a step back, and act not on emotion or fear, but towards growth and courage. 

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Rosemary
Rizk

Partner - Domestic Relations (Arabic Speaking)

Denver – Greenwood Village

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