When fear of falling stops you running

When she manages not to fall flat on her face, congratulate her. Arrange to go again and again, stretching her a bit further each time. Inspire her with confidence.

Small steps will be necessary, because if it’s her confidence that’s been knocked, and she really believes she might trip over, the only way to convince her otherwise is to show her; lead the way, walk her through it, and let her learn that the story she has been telling herself is, indeed, nonsense.

Hold her hand if and when necessary. Ask her, ‘what’s the worst that can happen?’

The Grit Doctor says: “You fall over and get covered in . . .”

Ruth Field is author of Run Fat B!tch Run, Get Your Sh!t Together and Cut the Crap.