Fear and Loathing

By Millicent Sykes

I stop to think about the ways in which I keep myself from taking action

Many call it fear

Sometimes, it is felt in the body, causing the person to physically stop because of overstimulation

Sometimes, it is a thought that seems so frightening the person begins to dissociate from reality, becoming transfix by the mere thought of the possible validity of the thought

Sometimes, it is an emotion so strong that no matter the person’s cognitive guards and protections, or current physical ability, the person is consumed

“You shall not pass,” becomes the reigning mantra of the psyche

And, as most athletes know, once the thought becomes internalized and solidified into the psyche, the emotions and body then follow

How detrimental our thoughts can become…

Shall we stay stuck here?

Yes… okay, it is something you will adjust to and become comfortable with.

No… cool, find a distraction, begin to deepen your understanding with the fear, begin to challenge this fear

As always, you are not alone

Make your decision and the rest will follow

Good luck to you!

Published by mindsetofathlete

I am a mental health professional in love with art, of various expressions. My career focuses on understanding health and fitness, acknowledging when a person has become unbalanced in their obligations, and determining the best customized approach for helping clients recover and heal. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, participating in outdoor activities, and exploring cuisines and cultural elements of my environment.

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