In situations like these, I look to the ancients. People used to acknowledge their fear. The world of invasion and illness was much worse. Their response was protection from evil.
I think about the protective elements people wore. The suits of armor and cruel yet beautiful battle spears. I think about how that has translated into a modern setting on people who wear spiked collars or shoes. It seems they are trying to instill fear in others. But I think they are afraid, and they are trying to feel ready to take it on.
I would draw unwanted attention and judgement if I wore spikes on my clothes. When I am going into a situation where I’m afraid I will feel unsettled, I line my eyes with my modern version of spirit-deflecting kohl and wear these earrings. They feel like armor.
And I can quietly acknowledge my fears and keep moving.