Courage is not the lack of fear but the ability to face it.

Fear is a natural reaction

Our bodies sometimes react automatically to things without listening to our heads and hearts. Our hearts might beat fast and our bodies might sweat or tremble at things that could potentially hurt or overwhelm, even if we know we're not really in any danger. Don't be ashamed of being afraid, it's just part of being human.

Everybody feels afraid sometimes

You're not alone. Try not to make it personal. Emotions are just energy in motion. We make this energy into a problem when we make it ours - 'my fear, my rage' etc. Breath, sound and movement are three of the best ways to move energy. Get out, shout, jump about or do some conscious breathing, making sure you breathe out for longer than you breathe in.

This will pass

You won't be afraid forever.

Stamp your feet on the ground

And feel that you are right here, right now. You exist! You are here today! That's an achievement in itself.

Ring a helpline

Or send a text or email explaining how you feel. Sometimes it's really helpful to just vent to someone and put your feelings into words. A problem shared is a problem halved. Go to 'Our support services' for more information.

Try the 'five minute rule'

If you are scared you are going to hurt yourself, see if you can resist for just five minutes, then another five minutes, then ten, then twenty.