Facing your fears – life begins at the end of your comfort zone
Talk about facing your fears! I was mulling over what I needed to do to help people know more about Homeopathy and understand it. Then it came to me. I would just have to learn public speaking, gulp! All those memories of that shy little girl standing in front of the class, aged eleven, unable to speak came flooding back. Inside I knew I could do it. However, the fear of humiliation was suffocating and it seemed I wasn’t prepared to take the risk. I had that inner creative voice relaying wonderful ideas of what I could say and the logical left side inner voice saying “that’s crap, you’ll make a fool of yourself”…….sigh!
Well that was then and this is now and guess what? I did it! I faced my fear of public speaking. I had been invited to talk to The Reflexology Association about homeopathy and I admit my stomach was in knots the week leading up to the presentation. However as soon it was done ……. OMG the feeling of inner elation was so good. Because I had actually done something that I feared for such a long time. Totally outside my comfort zone. So there was a sense of expansion and growth.
Homeopathic Gelsemium for anticipation anxiety
I have to admit, I have been going to Toastmasters for the last 18 months to help me with my fear. I was so nervous of public speaking that I wasn’t brave enough to go straight into Toastmasters so I joined their speechcraft course. This ran for five weeks every Monday night and it is conducted like a mini version of Toastmasters. My first speech was my ice breaker speech, I was so nervous. I took a dose of Homeopathic Gelsemium (in a very high potency to match the high intensity of my nerves!) to help with the huge anticipation I was feeling and to calm my nerves. GELSEMIUM is a remedy for anticipation anxiety, it has an action on the nervous system. Other homeopathic anticipation anxiety remedies to consider would be Aconite (heart racing). Arsenicum (restlessness) and Argentum nitricum. After doing my ice breaker speech I felt a little disappointed that I had left a big chunk of the middle out. But there still was this inner sense of achievement. I soon realised and rationalised that it didn’t matter if I made a fool of myself because a week later the only person that would remember it, would be me. This whole experience has been a remarkable learning experience.
After attending “speechcraft” I eventually joined the larger Toastmasters group and slowly began to take on some small speaking roles. One of these led me to researching about the psychology of stepping outside of your comfort zone and the benefits of doing so. Researching this topic has broadened my horizons and helped me understand the benefits of facing your anxieties. It has combined fragmented pieces of vague knowledge into what feels like a completed jigsaw puzzle.
“Life begins at the end of the comfort zone” Neale Donald Walsch
The benefits of facing your fears
- The feeling of elation afterwards
- To reinvent ourselves
- Facing our fears and demons
- We become who we imagine (Imagination leads to creation)
- To inspire others
- We become more creative
- Learning new skills and knowledge
- Change is exciting
- Maximising your potential
- Discovering your power
- Increased confidence and self esteem
“A comfortable zone is a beautiful place but nothing ever grows there” – unknown
I absolutely love this quote. I believe in being expansive, trying new things, gaining new skills because life is for living. Stepping into the unknown leads to happiness and fulfilment, even when it comes with that uncomfortable feeling. If you are feeling depressed and lacking enthusiasm for life these feelings are the sure signs that you are firmly in your comfort zone. A comfort zone is a safe familiar place, where everything is easy and doable and doesn’t cause us much stress but who wants to remain there? It sounds really boring and unexciting.
Comfort zone indicators:
- Work & life activities are comfortable, routine and safe
- Boredom, dissatisfaction and stagnation
- Fear of failure
- Being on autopilot
One more observation…
What I also observed when conducting my talk was the difference between this audience and the audience at Toastmasters. Talking to the Reflexology Association group had a completely different energy to it than Toastmasters. I could feel the support, encouragement and interest that was being created at that moment, it was really quite phenomenal.
Quote – In the words of Einstein…. Everything is energy. This is not philosophy. This is Physics.
If you desire to read more on this subject then this is a noteworthy article which contains lots of links to other articles too. There is also an excellent TEDX talk by Bill Eckstrom called “Why comfort will ruin your life”
Practical tips for the nerves and facing your fears
Breathing – Deep belly breathing carries the breath and energy down to your base Chakra and it only takes two minutes for a big shift for the nerves to come back into alignment. Facing your fears becomes more possible.
Meditation – A regular mediation practice changes the way you respond to stressors around you. Mediation results in calmness and a centred way of being.
Here at The Harbord Homeopathic Clinic we have a few products that can assist in calming nerves.
Rescue remedy – This is a fabulous mix of the Bach flowers essences
Peace Be Still – This lovely flower-essence spray comes all the way from the Huon valley of Tasmania. It’s to be sprayed in the air around you
Tissue Salts – Nerve tonic combination 5 is another way you can support your overall nervous system.
Nerve Tonic – Is a liquid homeopathic mix that contains a number of remedies
I use an intuitive way of prescribing and I draw on an understanding of the ten components from the “Thinking Environment” to help create the best conditions for patients to maximise their outcomes. I appreciate the journey of healing is a joint process and I offer my full support during the process.
Through my own personal experience of suffering with emotional, skin, gut, chronic fatigue and respiratory issues this has led me to a deeper knowledge and understanding in these areas. General family healthcare, anxiety, depression and helping clients to limit their antibiotics usage are also my areas of interest. I enjoy supporting peoples’ own immune systems so their bodies’ can naturally fight against infectious diseases while at home or away travelling.
I am constantly expanding my knowledge in Homeopathy and beyond, and I feel being open minded to a variety of approaches and methods leads to successful prescriptions. I am also a trainer and educator in Homeopathy and Access Consciousness and I am available for talks in the clinic and externally. I regularly hold workshops to inform mums and dads on how they can use homeopathy in the home. Check out our events on the clinic Facebook page for our next talk. I am also involved with mentoring students and interns in the clinic and through the Australian Homeopathic Association at Woodford Folk Festival.
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