I’ll be the first to admit that I often feel vulnerable (or lacking courage) in this challenging world. There is an ever-present tug-of-war in life. Our existence is a product of pushes and pulls. I’m ok with that. I’m willing to bet there are times that you feel the same way too. Maybe you experience this more or less often than myself.
This feeling of vulnerability is necessary to form relationships. However, vulnerability can also leave one feeling stripped of their courage to face day to-to-day tasks.
Finding Courage With Chronic Health Struggles
If you are dealing with an ongoing health obstacle (chronic pain, depression, anxiety, etc.), finding courage can be even more of a challenge. Here are some ideas on how to find courage in your daily life.
Help Someone Else Thrive
There is nothing more satisfying than helping someone else who is less fortunate than yourself. You may possess a physical skill or ability that they do not have. Even if you are feeling bad about yourself, simply lifting someone else out of a slump can make you feel courageous and valuable.
You don’t have to save the world to do this. A simple gesture, a small gift, or a donation of your time to a cause … these all would work. Small acts of kindness are usually enough on their own to build your courage back up to a Herculean state.
Visualization is a powerful tool to accomplish goals and change perspective. It is well demonstrated in studies that visualization can improve athletic performance. But fear not. You do not need to be an athlete to reap the benefits of visualization. This could also apply to basic abilities in your daily routine.
Set aside 3-5 minutes per day to focus on manifesting a desire into a reality. Imagine the shapes, colors, smells, or feeling of courage. What does courage mean to you? Would you be more fit and muscular? Would you be able to walk a block without a cane? Would you be able to stand up out of a chair without help? Whatever this means to you, use the power of visualization to bring your goals to a reality.
(We have a guided visualization MP3 for free at this link.)
Build Physical Strength
This has some overlap with #2. If you can find activities that make you feel strong, your body will be flooded with feel-good chemicals. Men will release more testosterone, (and women to a certain extent,) which will lead to improved feeling of inner-courage.
Now, if you don’t have any significant injuries, lift heavy things. Large, functional movements such as squats, pushing things, pulling things are all a great place to start.
If you are injured, start smaller and build up. Just work on body-weight exercises, as directed by a Physical Therapist or Certified Personal Trainer. Use the power of visualization (Tip #2) to maximize your results.
Build Spiritual Strength
Building spiritual strength does not necessarily involve religion. Whether you are religious or not, find a deeper connection to the meaning of your existence. From who or what do you draw meaning?
If you draw meaning from your own self, then turn inward through mindfulness meditation. If you believe in a higher power, then turn to this power in your times of weakness. Either way, you will find courage by seeking meaning and understanding.
These are just a few of the many ways to find courage in your times of need. If you struggle from depression, anxiety, or other chronic health struggles, I highly encourage you to check out some of our other blog posts. I think they will help you.
Let me leave you with this question: How do YOU find courage during your moments of weakness?
*This article is not meant to replace proper medical care or diagnosis. Always speak to a healthcare provider before implementing any interventions or exercise.