Here are 5 things you should know.
1. It doesn’t matter if you are skinny, fat, fit, or none of the above; DO NOT be intimidated by others in the gym. If you are in the gym working out, NOBODY ELSE GIVES A DAMN about what you’re doing but YOU.
If you are reluctant about starting, continuing, or ending your personal fitness journey because you are self-conscious about your size, form, or anything else that can riddle you with anxiety then know this; NOBODY else in the gym besides you cares about what YOU are doing. It doesn’t matter if you’re in there trying to lose weight, put on size, or just maintain a somewhat healthy lifestyle. Everyone in the gym is working towards a common goal; bettering themself.
There isn’t a single person in the entire gym that knows EVERYTHING. There are so many different styles and techniques that it’s nearly impossible. Don’t expect someone to approach and help critique you because there is a fear of coming off as a know it all or a prick even though that’s never the intention. But I guarantee if you ask someone who looks like they know what they are doing they would be MORE than happy to help. All you have to do is ask.
Don’t let other people intimidate you into not working towards your goals. Everyone starts somewhere, and nobody knows it all. Keep on trying your best, and don’t be afraid to ask for help if you need it.
2. It is perfectly legal to make you wear a mask, Jacobson v Mass 1905.
3. There are cases of bubonic plague every year around the world and the recent cases in the news are no reason to panic.
It’s also not a death sentence and treatable with antibiotics, so please don’t be terrified by what you see in the news.
4. No matter how close you are with your children, you should not share the details of your marital problems with them.
Trust me. They may seem very intelligent, mature, and understanding and they may be so too but you can do your children a very great favor by not blurring this line, or else, without you even realizing it can become an immense and distressing burden for your children.
5. Different people have different tolerance levels of suffering/enduring hardships and comparing different situations is not always helpful.
While it can be good to remind oneself that “others may have it worse” to help put things into perspective when going through a hard time, it’s never good to put down someone else’s suffering because you’ve had it worse.