The Monster under the Bed

Fear seems to me an epidemic in our society. We fear beginnings. We fear endings. We fear changing. We fear "staying stuck". We fear success. We fear failure. We fear living. We fear dying. ~ From the Book: Feel The Fear And Do It Anyway

Am I scared of the dark? Absolutely, because that's when the monsters come out from under the bed. I'm not scared of the dark outside, but for some weird reason the dark inside the house is different. That creak? Someone is walking around in the living room - positive they are! That crack? Must be someone trying to get in the kitchen window.

Fear of the dark is fear of the unknown. When the light is turned off and we can't see, our imagination takes control.

What's that shadow by the wardrobe door? It's the Bogeyman, just waiting to jump out and pounce on you.

Are those eyes peering at you from the top of the dressing table? Yup, they are.

If you put your foot on the floor is the Monster-under-the-Bed going to grab your ankle and drag you under the bed? Of course he is!

How can you stop being scared of the dark? Here's a few tips:

  • Get a night light (either in your room or out in the hallway. Not too bright, but just enough so you can see if you wake up).
  • Don't watch scary movies!
  • Play a relaxing CD so that your mind is occupied listening to it as you drift off to sleep.
  • Keep a torch by your bed. Turn it on if you are convinced there is something in the corner to reassure yourself there's nothing there.
  • Talk to the monsters. Make friends with them. They won't be so scary then.
  • Watch the movie "Monsters Inc".
  • Put some Glow in the Dark stars on your ceiling.
  • Listen to a talk show as you go to sleep - the sound of voices can be reassuring.

I came across this poem about the dark...

Oh, I'm not afraid of the darkness
I don't mind an absence of light
I can't say I'm scared of the sunset
or things that go bump in the night

I've never been frightened of monsters
or tentacles under my bed
Not skeletons, witches or goblins
or creatures come back from the dead

I'm not at all worried of werewolves
or even a vampire's bite
I'm simply not scared of the darkness
except when you turn off the light.

by Kenn Nesbitt

It's okay to be scared... but there is nothing to be afraid of. There is nothing in the dark that isn't there in the light. Night time is the time to sleep. The darkness is nice. It helps you sleep so you can feel awake and rested in the morning. Being in the dark is peaceful. So close your eyes and imagine being anywhere you want to be. Sleep tight!