Hi all, For the last 2 days my mind has been extremely anxious as I try to decide whether or not I should go back to karate. I did karate for 2 years and stopped twice during that time, both times because of my neck pain (this is before I knew I had TMS). I'm not afraid of going back because of my neck pain now. I have resumed all my other physical activities and am fully convinced that I will not injure myself through any form of exercise. However, what I am afraid of is my inner critic. When I was doing karate before, I put a lot of pressure of myself and criticized myself a lot.Plus, karate is a no-pain, no-gain approach, which encourages my inner critic to bully me even more. It got so bad that when I did my last belt exam, I actually had such horrible performance anxiety that I almost didn't pass. (I quit soon after that). My mind is spinning trying to decide. Is it too soon to go back? Should I wait a while longer before I have learned to better live with my inner critic? Or should I follow the advice of a psychologist I spoke to last week and "just do it"? Part of me is saying I need more gentleness in my life and part of me says I need to face my fears. Any thoughts on how I should calm my nervous system right now?