I got invited to this awesome yacht party this weekend, and I was so nervous about it. Why? Because there was a girl I used to know in high school who was going to be there, and all my high school insecurities came rushing back. To make matters worse, we were going to be out at sea for four hours, and my anxiety was also like, HELLO.
All in all I really did NOT want to go. But because I have been raised (thankfully) to always follow through with commitments, I couldn't find a justifiable reason to flake. So, I had to go. But I wasn't going to go unprepared. I made sure to get the cutest swimsuit, the best jewelry stack, and added some SPF and highlighter to my routine. I was ready to shine, both figuratively and literally.
One of the best ways I prepared was by talking to one of my closest friends and explaining why I was so nervous. Her response was comforting: "Either you call me and tell me it was terrible, and we'll laugh about it, or it will be amazing, great, and fun, and I get to tell you I told you so."
With her words in mind, I set off to the yacht. And guess what? I had the best time ever. The girl I was so worried about turned out to be the sweetest and nicest person there (I only knew the birthday girl). It just goes to show that we often blow things out of proportion in our heads.
So, if you find yourself worried, nervous, or scared, try to deal with it by being prepared and remind yourself that the situation is likely not as big as it seems.
Tips and Tricks:
Talk to a close friend or loved one about your concerns. Sometimes, sharing your worries can bring perspective and reassurance.
Take steps to prepare yourself physically and mentally. Dress in a way that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Use self-care practices like applying SPF, using makeup, or doing relaxation exercises to boost your mood.
Challenge negative thoughts and remind yourself that your fears may be exaggerated. Most situations are not as daunting as they seem in your head.
Embrace the unknown and be open to new experiences. You never know when something or someone pleasantly surprises you.
Remember that everyone has insecurities and vulnerabilities. People are often kinder and more accepting than we give them credit for.
Celebrate the moments when you step out of your comfort zone and face your fears. These experiences can lead to personal growth and self-confidence.
Incorporating these tips into your daily life can help you navigate situations that make you nervous or anxious. Remember, you are capable of overcoming your fears and enjoying new experiences with a little preparation and a positive mindset. Let's resist blowing it out of proportion!