Fear of Change
“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Fear of long-term illness itself may be the initial and most acute fear many face. However, once the dust settles (at least a little) and the reality of having to adapt to new norms emerges, another sort of fear may creep in: fear of change. Perhaps you’ve reflected upon your motivations for doing all it will take to be successful on your healing journey. You may have even established goals, or at least thought about them. But oftentimes, when it comes to taking the first step in making changes…we hesitate. To proactively take control of all aspects of your healthcare when faced with long-term disease, change is necessary. The downside is that change is hard, and uncomfortable, and often even scary.
“What are you scared of?” Opening this line of inquiry can help get to the core of what roadblocks an individual is putting in their way. Does what you eat define who you are? Does trying different methods define who you are? Ask yourself these questions and try to figure out what you are holding onto—is it more important to you than your health? You’ve probably heard people say that they’d rather die than cut down on beer or steak or sweets or something else that they enjoy. If you find yourself making similar statements, to take a moment and examine where your priorities lie.
“I spend my day trying to convince people to stop killing themselves, most people fight me all the way.” -Dr. Rob Gleser
In the end, the root fear often comes down to a very common anxiety about change. This is about change, and change can be scary—but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth giving it a chance.
Everyone is scared in these types of situations, but, despite the fear, just try to go went ahead and started making small changes in my life to try and improve my health. You may be nervous and don’t be surprised if you soon start experiencing some pretty serious side effects.
What’s keeping you from making changes to your healthcare or lifestyle? Why? If making this change could help you healing and live a healthier, longer life, would you do it?