Suddenly my heart is racing, palms are sweating, stomach’s churning. My muscles are tense and my mind is flooded with worries and fears that something bad will happen.
This is anxiety. We have all had it.
For years I pedaled my beautifully simple bike thousands of miles as a way of dealing with personal struggles, specifically anxiety.
It’s an unknown fact about myself that I come off as a “ray of sunshine” as well as “happiness and positivity.”
Cycling was a way of fighting against unwanted emotions. When I lacked confidence and self-esteem, I looked to my Cannondale Slice with flashy hot pink handlebar tape.
Cycling in God’s country felt like my superpower. It transformed my struggle with anxiety for the better. It was a way of clearing my mind in the present. I am unable to recall an occasion when a ride of any kind didn’t make difficult life choices simpler.
There’s no question cycling and any physical exercise plays a key role in the psychological state of a human being. Physical exercise, like swimming, baseball, soccer, running, or dancing is a crucial factor in how a person feels.
For me, cycling inadvertently lead to an increase in my endorphins, which are the same chemicals released during other forms of exercise such as hockey or lifting weights.
In addition to cycling several times a week, I participate in a daily digital detox by putting away my phone for at least an hour a day. It’s one of the things that’s incredibly challenging, but I have to do it. It’s about clearing the mind and creating a space for potential creative thoughts.
I found cycling and it saved me. It arrived in my life providing solace and focus, uncovering physical and mental strength I didn’t know I possessed.
As I prepare for the upcoming race season, I’m thankful for what cycling has given and taught me.
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Loretta Holmes, M.A. CMHWC is the owner of Bella Coaching Services. She has 10+ years as a special education teacher, graduate courses in clinical courses, and is a certified ADHD and Anxiety Coach. Loretta uses her teaching and coaching skills to help families affected my ADHD, anxiety, or anger overcome their fears so that they can live a peaceful, calm life. Got a question? Contact Loretta at email@example.com