Gym anxiety sucks. If I notice someone looking in my direction in the gym my gut reaction is they’re criticising me, or whatever I’m doing, in their head. I might look like I’m confident, but actually I’m just a nervous pile of insecurity. So how do I still get to the gym and work out even though I feel like this? The way I deal with it is generally as follows: - I think about how little other people really care about or focus on anyone but themselves in the gym. I know that pretty much all I care about in the gym is the exercise I’M doing - so why would other people be doing otherwise in their heads? - I keep telling myself how little it matters if I’m right anyway. What difference does it even make if anyone has a bad thought? Literally none! - Lastly, this paranoia used to make me hide away from doing anything that might get me noticed, but I couldn’t go on like that forever. And because even with my attempt at positive thoughts I can’t completely quieten the voices telling me I’m being judged, I instead now use them to spur me on to work harder, learn more about what I’m doing in the gym (so I know I’m doing things right - which is highly beneficial in many ways!) and to simply become better all round, so that there’s little to criticise me for. If I have to have any form of paranoia or anxiety, I don’t want to let it break me. Instead I’ll use it to help me build me up. And that, in my opinion, is extremely important. I hope this helps someone else out there who is afraid of what other people might think and letting it stop them from getting into the gym, because you’re not the only one who feels like that, and if I can use it to better myself after years of negative thinking then so can you 💕 #fitnesstips #gymanxiety #overcominganxiety #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #gymsharkleggings #girlswithabs #girlswhoworkout #girlswholift #girlswholiftweights #gymbunnies #betterthanyesterday #selfimprovement #fitnessgirl #fitnessgirlsmotivation #obliques @nikkigraceb nikkigraceb Nikki Grace

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  • Gym anxiety sucks. If I notice someone looking in my direction in the gym my gut reaction is they’re criticising me, or whatever I’m doing, in their head. I might look like I’m confident, but actually I’m just a nervous pile of insecurity. So how do I still get to the gym and work out even though I feel like this? The way I deal with it is generally as follows: - I think about how little other people really care about or focus on anyone but themselves in the gym. I know that pretty much all I care about in the gym is the exercise I’M doing - so why would other people be doing otherwise in their heads? - I keep telling myself how little it matters if I’m right anyway. What difference does it even make if anyone has a bad thought? Literally none! - Lastly, this paranoia used to make me hide away from doing anything that might get me noticed, but I couldn’t go on like that forever. And because even with my attempt at positive thoughts I can’t completely quieten the voices telling me I’m being judged, I instead now use them to spur me on to work harder, learn more about what I’m doing in the gym (so I know I’m doing things right - which is highly beneficial in many ways!) and to simply become better all round, so that there’s little to criticise me for. If I have to have any form of paranoia or anxiety, I don’t want to let it break me. Instead I’ll use it to help me build me up. And that, in my opinion, is extremely important. I hope this helps someone else out there who is afraid of what other people might think and letting it stop them from getting into the gym, because you’re not the only one who feels like that, and if I can use it to better myself after years of negative thinking then so can you 💕 #fitnesstips #gymanxiety #overcominganxiety #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #gymsharkleggings #girlswithabs #girlswhoworkout #girlswholift #girlswholiftweights #gymbunnies #betterthanyesterday #selfimprovement #fitnessgirl #fitnessgirlsmotivation #obliques

    Gym anxiety sucks. If I notice someone looking in my direction in the gym my gut reaction is they’re criticising me, or whatever I’m doing, in their head. I might look like I’m confident, but actually I’m just a nervous pile of insecurity. So how do I still get to the gym and work out even though I feel like this? The way I deal with it is generally as follows:
    - I think about how little other people really care about or focus on anyone but themselves in the gym. I know that pretty much all I care about in the gym is the exercise I’M doing - so why would other people be doing otherwise in their heads?
    - I keep telling myself how little it matters if I’m right anyway. What difference does it even make if anyone has a bad thought? Literally none!
    - Lastly, this paranoia used to make me hide away from doing anything that might get me noticed, but I couldn’t go on like that forever. And because even with my attempt at positive thoughts I can’t completely quieten the voices telling me I’m being judged, I instead now use them to spur me on to work harder, learn more about what I’m doing in the gym (so I know I’m doing things right - which is highly beneficial in many ways!) and to simply become better all round, so that there’s little to criticise me for. If I have to have any form of paranoia or anxiety, I don’t want to let it break me. Instead I’ll use it to help me build me up. And that, in my opinion, is extremely important.

    I hope this helps someone else out there who is afraid of what other people might think and letting it stop them from getting into the gym, because you’re not the only one who feels like that, and if I can use it to better myself after years of negative thinking then so can you 💕

    #fitnesstips #gymanxiety #overcominganxiety #gymshark #gymsharkwomen #gymsharkleggings #girlswithabs #girlswhoworkout #girlswholift #girlswholiftweights #gymbunnies #betterthanyesterday #selfimprovement #fitnessgirl #fitnessgirlsmotivation #obliques

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themdfighter - 🆃🅷🅴 🅼🅳 🅵🅸🅶🅷🆃🅴🆁 1 week ago

I don’t think I gym environment that doesn’t support each other is ok...it’s important to embrace all abilities and just respect the fact your IN THE GYM trying your best. Gyms still have a lot of work to do to make all feel welcome...It’s not all about aesthetics and super strength, it’s should be more about encouragement and support in our individual journeys. People with mental health issues and disabilities need welcoming gyms where individuality is embraced. No place for intimidating gyms in 2019! ✌🏻

tarasimone_fit - TARA | LIFESTYLE COACH 1 week ago

Yes yes yes 🙌🏻 so many of my clients are so afraid of the gym they switched to home workouts until they build that confidence. The truth is everyone is too busy focusing on themselves to even notice anyone else 🙌🏻

jaoliva - Javier Oliva 1 week ago

What a fabulous shot Nikki! You’re right it makes no difference if they think bad thoughts

petergoettling - Peter Goettling 1 week ago

Fantastic post Nikki! Most people feel the same way including myself and the way you worded the way you go about it is brilliant and so true! Having said this your photo is beautiful 🤗!!!