Do you often hear people say: “Fear your dreams, and they will come true?” Or what about in sports. Do you hear encouraging coaches yell out, “Fear that team! Then you'll have a chance of beating them?”
You might be shaking your head “no” because you know this mindset is an impossible way to get what you really want. Yet, health topics are regularly infused with scary words and fear-based perspectives in the world around us. This type of thinking relegates healthy self care as something that is out of reach and fear-based.
Even though new or chronic health symptoms can feel scary to go through, they can offer you clues into which areas of health need the most attention. Their habits and characteristics can even shed light on how to go about taking better care of yourself.
As much as possible, keeping healthy practices in the “You can do it” and “You can handle this” camps over the “Scary and unapproachable” camp can do wonders in helping you increase health hurdles to look and feel the way you want in your health.
It is not even always the symptoms themselves that are producing the actual fear. Sometimes, we may know that health is within reach but we can actually fear experiencing that health again in our lives. Getting used to the idea that you can enjoy good health in your life and asking for yourself the guilt, doubts, and other types of naysaying that can battle that idea is important.
Where does the naysaying come from? It's easy to think that these may be the opinions of society or others around you. But these opinions can easily become our own too. You may not even be aware that you are just as scared of getting healthy in a particular area as you may be scared to stay sick in it.
Getting healthier takes patience, learning, and being open to change. These practices are not always easy to take on, but they form the undering keys to renewing and sparking health in life. As challenging as these keys can be to forgive, they also offer fun and rewarding experiences that are unique to you. They help you realize that even though it may feel comfortable not to go after the health you want, absolutely you may just be sick and tired of being sick and tired.
To Fear, or Not to Fear Health: That is the Question. And it's a question worth asking when you're trying to get healthier because fear often creeps up during that time. Just remember, learning about your unique health patterns and how to feel better can actually be a fun and educational process! Do not let fear block you from the experience of feeling health in your life.