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While celebrating the 237th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, I’ve been thinking a lot about its meaning. The power and courage it took for our founding fathers to declare our freedom is nothing short of amazing and inspiring.
The word “independence” has so many wonderful meanings of empowerment and freedom. It got me thinking about what independence means for us. Is there anything I want or need independence from?
Managing Our Food Allergy Fears
Managing food allergies is a central part of my family’s life. There is no way around it. A large part of managing food allergies brings up big feelings of anxiety: fears that my son will have a reaction; stress that I won’t be there or won’t recognize symptoms and react in time; worries that I’m not doing enough.
I know I have a plan that we follow for managing our food allergies. We’re doing everything we can. We’re educating ourselves and those around us. We’re spreading awareness. We’re working so very hard to put comprehensive plans in place to stay safe in school next year.
It doesn’t help that I’m a worrier. As my good friend and fellow writer Mindy Long says in her recent post: “Feel the fear and do it anyway.” I like this motto. We do this everyday.
Of course, worries can help prepare us and prompt us to establish safe habits and create a safe environment. But an exorbitant amount of anxiety isn’t good for any of us–not me, not my family and especially not my son. Too, I’m very visual and kinetic. I need to physically let go of these fears and anxiety. I need a little help.
Declaring Our Freedom
So today we came up with a symbolic–and fun!–activity to declare ourselves independent from our fears. At least for today, we don’t want to feel this anxiety anymore. We want our freedom.
I can’t remember if a friend told me they did this or if I read it somewhere, but I think it’s a brilliant idea. Today we did something that really helped release the tension. What did we do?
We wrote down our fears, read them aloud and then crumbled them up—and stomped on them!
Oh, did it feel good. We laughed! We released the tension! We cleared our minds. We literally threw away our anxieties and stomped them out. (I’m thinking we should do this at least once a week. I have several other things I need to write down on that paper!)
Declaring freedom from anything–bad habits, bad situations, unhealthy lifestyles–is so good for us but can still be difficult and even scary. It’s hard to know how to take that first step and then really commit. But the results are liberating.
So happy Independence Day! I hope you all have a fun, festive and safe holiday with your loved ones, free from worry—at least for today.
Is there something you want to declare your independence from? Freedible is hosting a campaign to declare our independence from food restrictions. We’d love to hear what you’re crossing off your list!
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