Avoidance of fear will only keep it hanging around and give that fear power over you. Facing it, feeling it, immersing yourself in it, exploring it, without letting fear make you hide out or dictate what you do, is the way to have it burn itself out and have no more power over you. The fear may never go away, but you can change your response to it.
The world opens up... when you do.
Oh, oh, can't you see? Love is the drug for me. ~Bryan Ferry
"Love is that condition in which another person's happiness is essential to your own." ~Robert Heinlein