Fear is a universal emotion that can hold you back and limit your potential to achieve full recovery.
But don’t let it fool you — you have the power to move past fear.
In the latest episode of Fear Less, an audio series on The Recovery Warriors Show podcast channel, hosts Jessica Flint and Andrea talk about three different approaches to working with fear: the rational, relational, and aspirational approaches.
Fear and Eating Disorders
Fear is a natural response to perceived threats.
This fundamental human emotion serves as a protective mechanism that prompts you to avoid potential harm.
However, in the context of eating disorders, fear can interfere with your daily activities.
While it is normal to have concerns about body shape, weight, and appearance to some extent, yours might be so intense that they become all-consuming.
If you are overwhelmed by all these fearful thoughts throughout your eating disorder recovery journey, know that this is valid.
And, you can take steps to move past your fears with these three approaches: rational, relational, and aspirational.
1. Move Past Fear the Rational Way
The rational approach involves examining fear from a logical perspective.
By asking yourself, “Is this fear going to kill me?” you can gain clarity on the true nature of your fears.
Often, our anxieties are rooted in worst-case scenarios or irrational beliefs, but you can begin to dismantle their power over you.
You can evaluate the potential risks and understand that most of the time, your fears in recovery won’t harm you physically (despite what the eating disorder tells you).
2. The Relational Approach
The relational approach is all about sharing your fears with others.
Talking about your fears helps bring more acceptance around them.
The more you talk about it, the less shame you feel when you realize others have experienced it too.
As Andrea shares her experience stepping into the role of host for “Recover Strong,” she confronts body judgment fears and the possibility of unkind remarks.
…it’s about feeling the fear and doing it anyway.Andrea Wells
By recognizing that negative comments and judgments won’t result in physical harm, you can develop resilience and maintain a sense of self-worth.
It’s important to remember that you’ve faced difficult situations before and emerged stronger.
3. Focusing on the Aspirational Approach
The aspirational approach focuses on your aspirations and goals. It emphasizes the importance of embracing fear as a catalyst for growth.
Recognizing your limitations, whether from childhood or societal pressures, is the first step toward true freedom.
Figure out why your fear is worth facingJessica Flint
By acknowledging your fears and actively working to overcome them, you can align your actions with your aspirations.
Facing your fears head-on allows you to create lasting change in your life. It encourages personal growth and unlocks your potential for success and fulfillment.
Fear can often feel overwhelming and paralyzing, but these rational, relational, and aspirational approaches can help you move past fear.
By understanding the true nature of your fears, nurturing healthy relationships, and pursuing your aspirations, you can break free from the cages fear creates.
Take a listen to the full episode and gain practical and actionable advice to help you navigate your own fearless journey.
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