Courage is needed in our everyday lives. However, the anxiety that overwhelms us, fills us with fear. We fear about our family, We fear we are not enough, We fear we are not doing what we should be doing, We fear we are not doing things right. When we worry we are allowing fear to enter our thoughts and penetrate our souls. Anxiety is when fear controls us. How do we combat this fear?
What is courage?
Without looking at a dictionary can you tell me what courage is? Is courage victory over fear? Is it bravery? No. While you are alive, you will never have victory over fear. Everyone is afraid at one point in our lives. Those of us who suffer from Anxiety are those of us who are controlled and even hindered by fear. Courage is our weapon to take back control. Here are six different ways to explain that helps us to understand and thus utilize courage.
Choosing to act despite fear
We all feel fear. Those of us with anxiety feel excessive fear. But let’s face it, if your child was in danger then yes you would feel fear but you’d be running to your child’s aid. No matter the fear it can be overcome when one thing is more important then our fear.
Chasing your passions
Chasing what you love to do does not mean you do not feel fear. The fear of failure is very real and paralyzing. I face this kind of fear every single time I sit down to write a blog post. Writing is my passion. To be able to share what I know and yet my own fear of failure hinders my progression in chasing my dreams.
Enduring your trials
It takes courage to wake up every day and continue when you face anxiety and depression. When you know the pain that you will endure, and you get up anyway. You are not alone! Here is one of my favorite videos showing the type of courage it takes in the middle of great trials.
Doing what is right
Ever heard of the good citizen. The person who steps in to help even though they have no part in what is going on. These are courageous people. They know what is right and they will step in to do what is right.
Change and anxiety do not mix. The chaos throws off you balance and causes more pain and stress then you can imagine. Knowing this you know that any little bit of change that we go through takes courage.
Facing your pain with faith
Every day we must face our disease. We cannot shrink in the corner and give up on life. Though I have had many days like that. It is not an option as mothers. We have lives depending on us. Courage is facing these pains with faith. Faith is not knowing but believing that things can and will get better. I would also like to add that faith in God, Whatever God you believe in, gives us courage. If you don’t believe me, try saying a pray and asking for courage. I promise you will find more courage then you otherwise could have had. Believing in something gives us hope and hope gives us a purpose to live.
Courage acknowledges that we are afraid. Yes mothers, we are afraid. We are afraid of screwing up our kids, of not feeding this nutritious food, that we are not giving them good educational experiences, and we are not good enough.
I fear every second of every day. Driving down the road and see every worst-case scenario go through my head. I see my husband being fed up with my depression and anxiety and leaving me. I fear my children growing up lacking. Lacking for what? Everything! This is one of the most common things with Anxiety is fear.
How can courage help?
Courage is the tool to overcome our fear, it is what you feel when you pry yourself from crying on the couch to making your child a sandwich because their hunger was more important than your anxiety and depression. This is the tool you use everyday when you wake up to face another day of pain, fear, and misery. The one thing that you used when you brought life into this world knowing what you will fight against everyday of your life.
Courage is the thing that can help you gain perspective. What is more important today? What are your goals? If your only goal to keep the kids alive? Good for you!! That is a worthy goal. Write it down, put it on your fridge and when fear is paralyzing you remember what is more important today. Tell yourself that today your kids and you are more important then your fear. Give yourself a worthy goal that is important to you and take steps to ensure that goal.
If your goal is to keep the kids alive then write it down and write down the steps below that to accomplish that goal.
Step one to accomplish your goal.
- Feed child breakfast.
- Change Diaper
- Feed child lunch
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Each step should be bite sized and easy to accomplish. Check it off and let it feed your courage as you slowly accomplish that one goal that is more important.
Hold to your courage. We all have courage deep within us. The more you use your courage the stronger it will become and the more power you have to take back control of your life.
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