Wish you could live a worry-free life free from anxiety and fear? These 3 tips will help you start living without fear and start living a healthy life!
The other day, I was walking on the treadmill and sparked a conversation with the woman next to me. We talked for about twenty minutes and she told me that she wants to lose weight and be healthy, so she can enjoy her retirement. She said she wants to be able to walk with her husband, but stated that she couldn't walk from where we were to a point about one block away. I told her to look down at the treadmill because she had just walked over 1 mile!
3 minutes later she said she couldn't do anymore, she stopped and left.
Her mind wasn't ready to admit what her body allowed her to do.
This week I decided that we would practice Shoulder Stands in some of my classes. In the midst of giggles and anxious laughter, were a few terrified faces. Now you know, if you have been in my class, I always show modifications. I don't believe that everyone is ready or should do a shoulder stand. However, I do believe that if the only thing stopping you is fear, then I will encourage you to attempt it.
There was a woman that wanted to do it, but was giving up because of the fear. I told her where to place her arms and showed her how to "walk" up the wall for the modification.
Before she even got a foot on the wall, she said, "I can't do it." I said, "Well, I guess you just made up your mind."
What would happen if we stopped listening to the fear? How much would we be able to accomplish? What dreams would we fulfill? How can we start living without fear?
The following tips will help you to start living without fear:
Get Comfortable with fear.
It's okay to feel fear, it's a good emotion to have. Fear protects us from danger, but it can also keep us from experiencing life. When you feel falsely afraid, breathe and let yourself feel it. The feeling will pass. It's just a feeling and can't hurt you. Everyone feels afraid, some act on that fear and others ignore it.
Your world enlarges as your courage enlarges.
2. Remember your victories.
Remind yourself of all of your successes you've experienced.
Close your eyes and feel those victories! I have milked my marathon race hundreds of times by remembering it and telling myself, "If I can run a marathon, I can do this!"
You have victories, too. What are they? You graduated, the time you lost weight (it doesn't matter if you gained it back, you're remembering your victories), that time you faced a fear... what is your victory that you can draw courage from?
3. Plan to win!
Dream big and plan for it. Set your SMALL goals (click here to learn how) for a BIG win. You have the power to realize your dreams and your happiness. Plan it and do it!
I used these tips and prayer, lots of prayer, when I first started working out. I was morbidly obese (read my story) and didn't want to go to the gym to workout, but I knew I had to if I wanted to lose weight and be healthier. I thought people were going to look at me and judge me, but you know, that wasn't the case. People were friendly, helpful, encouraging and a lot of them were just as overweight as I was.
I would have never known any of that or lost 125 lbs if I would have given into the fear of being judged. We are our hardest critics, so change that internal critic into a cheerleader and face your fears! Start living without fear!
On the other side of every fear is a freedom - Marilyn Ferguson
Every time we choose safety, we reinforce fear - Cheri Huber
Only when we are no longer afraid do we begin to live - Dorothy Thompson
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Let's put our fears aside and do the things we thought we couldn't do.
Oh, by the way, she did the shoulder stand.
No fear and Intentionally Eat,