Trying something new can be stressful for even the most confident person. Everything from taking up a new sport, starting a new career or going back to college can make you feel stressed out and anxious. No matter what it is that’s causing stress in your life, there are some things that you can do to make this stress a little bit easier to handle.
Here are some things that you can do to minimize the stress that comes with trying something new and make it less of a tense time in your life.
Focus On The Positive And Not The Negative
When we are starting something new it can be easy to just become downright negative about everything surrounding it and to become fearful. We may constantly think of all of the bad things and try to talk ourselves out of trying something new or making a much-needed change in our lives.
Change is difficult, but it’s just not healthy to focus on all of the negative aspects of it. Try to focus on the positive and how this new adventure in your life can be a great experience.
Don’t allow your mind to constantly be filled with negative thoughts. This will just bring tension and stress to your life that is simply not needed. It may be helpful to make a list of all of the benefits of trying something new and why you are doing this in the first place.
This list will allow you to have a visual reminder of all the positive things about it when those negative thoughts start to creep in and affect your outlook on things. You can review your list to eliminate stress and tension and to change your state of mind.
Make Sure You Are Your Best Self
Feeling good about your life decisions often starts with how you feel about yourself. If you are starting a new venture, like beginning a new career, make sure you feel confident. Dress well and make sure you have the right deodorant so that you can confidently tackle that first day.
If you are feeling overall stressed out about what it is that you are trying out for the first time, do something to boost your confidence. Even if you don’t really feel confident, tell yourself that you are. This mental pep talk may be just what you need in order to reduce stress and tension.
Be Adequately Prepared
Before trying something new, you need to be prepared. Research things you feel as if you will need to know in order to be successful. Talk to others that have been in your position in order to get some input. Make sure you know exactly what it is that you are getting into so that you will feel adequately prepared to tackle anything that comes your way.
Allow Yourself To Think About The Possibility To Fail
We will not be successful at everything we do in life. That’s okay as we won’t succeed at everything all of the time. Allow yourself to think about the possibility of failure. What will you do if you aren’t able to successfully conquer this new venture? You will find that if you really think about what will happen if you fail, you will find that everything will be okay. You will be able to move forward if things don’t go your way.
In conclusion, trying something new can be a little scary for anyone. However, there are some things that you can do in order for it to be a less stressful experience and to make it a little bit easier. Make sure you try to focus on the positive and not the negative, be adequately prepared, make sure you are your best self, and allow yourself to think about the possibility of failure.
By doing all of these things, you will alleviate the stress that you feel and just be able to focus on the excitement of this new adventure that you are about to undertake. Trying new things is scary, but if you choose not to try out something new, you will always wonder what would have happened if you took the leap and tackled your fears.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life — Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. Their answers can be random and in the moment or they can be aligned with the above article. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
1. What have you accepted within your life, physically and/or mentally? What are you still working on accepting?
That we have to all appreciate the little things and to not take anything for granted.
2. What have you learn to appreciate about yourself and/or within your life, physically and mentally? What are you still working on to appreciate within yourself and/or life?
I’m blessed to have loving family and friends in my life.
3. What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? And what makes YOU most proud? Any goals and dreams that you still have?
Graduating from Arizona State University in 2013
4. We all have imperfections, so we think. The truth–we are all perfectly imperfect. What imperfections and quirks create who you are–your Identity?
Nobody’s perfect and it’s been hard to accept it. I’ve learned to embrace my curly hair, my curves and my quirky personality.
5. “I Love My…” is an outlet for you to express and appreciate all the positive traits that make you…well… YOU! Sharing what you love about yourself will make you smile, feel empowered, and uplift your spirit and soul. (we assure you!) Identity challenges you to complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my unwavering intensity. Everything I do is 100 percent.