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The Broomfield Acupuncture Blog: Do You Fear Change?

by Gretchen Belenchia

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk to it took to blossom.” - Anias Nin

The Broomfield Acupuncture Blog: Do You Fear Change?, Cloud Gate Acupuncture and Healing Arts in Broomfield, Colorado

Over the years I’ve realized that, generally, people don’t readily embrace change. Especially change in habits, routine, new ideas that challenge their thinking, etc.

But I didn’t realize that people, even when they know changing something about their lifestyle will benefit them, might be afraid to change. Afraid to become something different. Afraid because they don’t know who that person is – what does she look like, what does she think, how she will interact with others...

This thinking, this fear, has the potential to hold many people back from living healthier and happier lives.

I recently heard a story about a woman who knew she needed to lose weight. Her weight was negatively affecting her health, but her main de-motivating factor about losing the weight was fear. She didn’t know who she was supposed to be in the world as a thinner person.

This really caused me to think: how many ways are we not growing into healthier people because fear of the unknown is holding us back? We’re so caught up in who we are now, what we do now, how we act, and thoughts that we can’t let go of, that we become stuck.

One may ask his or herself: Who will I be if I don’t have all of these anxious, worried thoughts all the time?  Will I completely change if I’m thinner? How will not eating meat make me feel? What may happen if I forgive and let go of my anger?

A journey into the unknown can be really scary but also exciting. I’m a huge advocate of “If you don’t like your story, change it.” You can start at any moment – during the next breath you can decide to go after what you want, and shed the things, ideas, habits that you no longer want to be a part of your story.

It might be time to reflect on your life. Is there a story you tell yourself or others often enough that you’re tired of hearing it? Chances are there is a least one.

My story: I love animals and don’t want to hurt them (I capture and release bugs that I find in my house – I even went through the 2 hour process of capturing a mouse so I could release him outside) and don’t like that I’m not really strong enough to make the switch to being a vegetarian.

It’s not so much that I don’t know who I’d be as a vegetarian, but that it would be a total shift – a very big shift – for me. I don't eat that much animal protein everyday, but it is a change in my day-to-day diet (and one’s day-to-day diet planning takes up quite a bit of time).

But do I believe that as a vegetarian I will be healthier and more in line with my personal philosophy of not wanting to harm another living thing? Certainly.

Changing is a process. It can be drastic or gradual. And it can be scary. But it can also be hugely rewarding, eye-opening, and can lead to a healthier and happier you.

Reflect. Think. Come up with a game plan. Or just go for it. Talk with your health care provider about your ideas. Find support. Muster your courage. It’s your life. If you don’t like your story, change it.

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