The panic grew with every move I made: gripping the railing with sweaty palms, trying to take it one step at a time as I made my way down the stairs and into the water. My feet felt like anchors dragging the pool floor as I tried to follow my instructor out into the shallow end. I wondered if he noticed my terror. I was feeling self-conscious about feeling scared. My chest felt heavy and my brain made me dizzy. I was breathing fast, my heart was pounding faster, and someone deep inside me was busy screaming warnings:
This isn’t what learning how to swim is supposed to feel like! Learning how to swim doesn’t need to feel scary - and shouldn’t be!
Even if you’re anxious, nervous, or scared of swimming today - learning to swim should feel relaxing (and peaceful).