Snow swimming, aspect 3: Shifting my relationship with anxiety

‘Overflow’ by Irene Cole

Is your connection with fear contentious or friendly?

By Sandra Dee Owens

In the course of my life, I have imagined of dread as a little something I really should defeat, fight and conquer. But when I began snow swimming 4 several years back, I wished a fresh new perspective—so dread would not prevent me from accomplishing what I desired to do.

First, I took time to feel about the significant role dread experienced played in my lifestyle. I was grateful for the times it experienced saved me and pissed off by the situations it had held me back.

It was time to shift my relationship with dread to one thing much more handy and much less restrictive.

‘Winged’ by Sandra Dee Owens — ink & acrylic

The change

At 29 decades aged, I experienced suffered a anxious breakdown due to some complicated situation in my existence. Dealing with spherical-theclock, out-of-management fear and nervousness for two and a half years, I designed a entire recovery (with out medicine) via that extended, intensely painful journey.

A journey that taught me a large amount about myself, dread, and all the other gremlins.

Now, approximately 30 decades later on, I was prepared to deliver my silent, interior advisor (a.k.a .my “wild voice”) to the fore.

And permit the gremlins diminish.

‘Motivation’ by Sandra Dee Owens – acrylic & Oil

Mind’s eye

Closing my eyes, I imagined “fear” as a compact, invisible gremlin that — like its cousins, “should,” “later,” “can’t,” and so forth. — sat on my shoulder every single day, filling my head with hazard, fret, and unconfidence.

So I re-imagined “fear” with a name: “Francine” and a deal with of a woman—and invited her about for tea.

As I imagined Francine and me sitting down about a little kitchen area desk and me reaching for her hand, I sincerely thanked her for performing so difficult to save me from damage and death.

“Well accomplished,” I mentioned gratefully, “but you seem to have regulate problems and a single placing: Higher!!! and it’s not proper to inform me the sky is normally falling—because it is not,” I stated, with form resolve.

Then, speaking to both of those of us, I mentioned that I was completely capable of steering my very own ship, and felt a surge of grownup-ness study course via me—as I realized it was correct.

Carefully, I plucked Francine out of her chair and positioning her driving me, altered the rearview mirror—so I could obtain her when I desired her.

Close friends now, we had tea.

So my new connection with panic started, liberating my thoughts, physique, and spirit to seek better health—doing the points I required to do.

But often it’s other people’s fears that can derail your desires.

Although I did not personally encounter panic when I commenced snow swimming (I was far too enthusiastic by the experience of it!), I did commit a ton of energy attending to other people’s (deep) concern of chilly h2o swimming.

And I understood dread can cripple us from within—and with out. So I created a actual physical meditation that allows fear—to pass on by.

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“The Passing”

“The Passing” is a bodily meditation in the mindfulness-yoga-calisthenics collection I phone “Snowga.”

Every single time I hear the seem of the anxiety gremlin (whether or not internally or coming from other people), I do this quick and effortless motion. Planting my feet shoulder-width apart, I stand tall and flatten the arches and toe “bridges” to create a complete-foot relationship to the earth. It’s a foundational Snowga transfer I connect with “Footbridge” and I use it yearround to reduce ankle injuries for uneven and slippery surfaces.

Closing my eyes, I inhale deeply by my nose and take note the smell and temperature of the air close to me. Then I open my fingers and push them flat jointly in front of my chest (thumbs towards breastbone).

Bending ahead a little at the waistline, I dip one particular shoulder down and throughout my human body towards the opposite hip. Exhaling bit by bit by means of my mouth, I glimpse at the rear of me and visualize anxiety passing in excess of my dipped shoulder like the wind.

Smiling to the sky powering me, I wave goodbye to dread as it passes around and past.

Then I straighten up, stand tall, and repeat the measures over on the other facet.

I like how “The Passing” brings together a standing stretch and mindfulness that returns me to listening to my wild voice without involving, arguing, or harming—anyone.

I am simply just minding my possess business enterprise.

‘A solo journey with friends’ by Sandra Dee Owens: acrylic & oil

What is your determination trifecta?

It took time and thought to find what my pure (no “shoulds” authorized) motivators for wellness had been. This expected consideration of what was fun—for me.

The much more I minded my individual business, the clearer my commitment trifecta became.

Adventure + Outside + Motion

A lover of the outdoor, I recognized that adventure was the matter that got me the most thrilled to go exterior to get the job done and enjoy.

Once I identified my natural motivators, I stopped thinking of how I “should” keep healthy—and went outside to play.

For the second period of snow swimming (Sept. 1 – May well 1), I added a massive modify to the activity by running from my property to the lake (1.5 miles) in winter season, swimming, then jogging property.

Due to the fact these changes from the first time developed a entire new journey for me, I reveled in creating each individual homespun technique to do it safely and securely. This ratcheted up the experience piece for me considerably. Just the way I like it!

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