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My phobia is embarrassing me!

 
I'm afraid of bees and wasps. It’s embarrassing because whenever one comes around or buzzes in my ear, I have a heart attack and freak out. I can't help but run away sometimes.

I'm just so scared of them that the fear keeps building. My parents just think that I'm being a baby. They don't understand my fear. Some people even have laughed at me! I want to get rid of it, but parents don't want to pay for counseling. I don't know what to do. Help.


Hey girl! I know EXACTLY how you feel. After I got stung when I was seven for the first time, I jumped every time a bee flew within ten feet of me. It wasn't until a few years ago that I learned to stop being so scared.

Bee’s sense fear

They know when a person is afraid and that makes them afraid. Bees and wasps attack when they feel threatened, so if you remain calm and unafraid, they will leave you alone.

Control your fear

It's hard not to jump at the first sounds of buzzing, but after that initial jump you need to relax immediately or at least pretend to relax. By remaining calm the bees will chill too. It might be hard to do because your instincts are telling you to scream, but screaming will only get you stung.

Walk, don't run

Running from a bee will only agitate it more and want to sting you. If you really can't stand that bee buzzing around your head, then simply walk away. Go inside or move to another spot. Just remember to walk and chances are, that bee won't even notice.

Remember, it's totally normal to be afraid of bees and wasps. The important thing is to learn is how to control that fear.
 
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