Riding with confidence is great, however, riding with anxiety is another challenge altogether.
I haven't always been a nervous rider or more of an anxious rider. However, things have happened and changed the way my inner voice speaks to me.
In recent months, I have been enjoying riding and have overcome lots of barriers with my demons. However, I cannot always say that I feel confident.
Now and then I still get that washing machine feeling and the butterflies. I don't always know why I get these feelings.
What I do know is that I believe in myself 100%. When those anxiety demons do creep in and those feelings arrive, I know the steps that work for me to overcome them. I focus on my breathing calming myself, I imagine the end goal and the feeling of how I imagine it will makes me feel.
But most importantly I know when the day is just not the day, sometimes those days are just for cuddles and having quiet time.
These feelings can feel debilitating at times, and they can lead to other negative emotions. It's important to not allow overthinking to seep in. I can not always stop those anxious feelings, but I can say I have the determination now to keep battling with them while at the same time reminding myself I do this for fun!