At the age of 16, Heather Troupe received a diagnosis of chronic severe depression and a prescription for an antidepressant. Eight years and 20 pounds later, she was sleeping poorly, felt a lot of anxiety and had lost her therapist because of insurance complications. Looking to “fix herself,” as Troupe, of Knoxville, Tenn., put it, she began using an elliptical machine every day at the gym, hoping to sweat away what was ailing her.
Stepping foot in the gym is a daunting task. Fear, anxiety, and self doubt set in as you begin your fitness quest in an intimidating enviornment. Luckily, you are not alone. We all suffer from bouts of fear and anxiety.
Growing up with a crippling fear of public speaking, I felt helpless and tended to avoid any situation that evoked such dreadful feelings. This approach did nothing but increase those negative feelings. I was stuck.
The fix? Taking the first step and facing your fear head on.
The funny thing about fear is that it isnt real.
WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?Good question. Sometimes there are so many things that we have to do, it’s difficult to keep track of it all. Break it down into steps, and make sure your workout time is at the top. Once you’re squared away, you are better able to go forth and tackle the rest of your day. Remember, you run your day, not the other way around. (This is important this with the holiday season approaching!)A couple of tips to help you on the way this season –
Anxiety is a healthy human response to stressful situations. If Neanderthal man had not experienced a dose of anxiety when faced with a dangerous predator, he probably wouldn’t have escaped in time and therefore the human race would not be around anymore. Anxiety is also pretty common in modern life, but although it’s OK in small doses, too much stress and anxiety can make us ill.