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How Do I Work Through Anxiety When Trying Something New?

Your heart is beating so loud that you think others can hear it, your palms are sweaty, and anxiety is rolling throughout your body. Does this sound familiar when trying something new? If so, you are not alone. According to the National Insititute of Mental Health (NIMH), at least 31% of people will experience anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety seems to increase when facing the unknown.

This article will examine anxiety and how to work through it when something new surfaces. Plus, it will present positive coping skills to work through anxiety in any phase of your recovery.

Why Do I Have Anxiety When Trying Something New?

“There is freedom waiting for you on the breezes of the sky, and you ask, ‘What if I fall?’ Oh, but my darling, what if you fly?” — Erin Hanson

To protect your body, the mind thinks of all the worst-case scenarios that could result in a new situation. The response can be a useful tool; however, when faced with trying something new, it can create anxiety and fear. When you allow fear to be present, there are missed opportunities, growth, and potential happiness.

This is why it is crucial to learn how to work through anxiety when trying something new. You deserve the best that life has to offer. Below are several steps to work through anxiety when trying something new:

  • Acknowledge your anxiety. When you do not face it, anxiety tends to control thoughts/feelings. This is why it is important to focus on why you are feeling the way you are. Without acknowledgment, fear becomes chaotic and can prevent goals from becoming your reality.
  • Accept that there may be failure. Yes, you read that right. In all things, there is a possibility of failing. Embrace the anxiety when trying something new. You can give yourself excuses all day long, but all you need is one reason to try.
  • Change your view of trying something new. Shifting your thoughts to how you will learn from this instead of being successful can limit your expectations of yourself. You are in a space of constant growth in recovery, so no matter what you try, it is beneficial.
  • Replace that anxiety with something else. For example, if you are trying a different route to work, listen to calming music or listen to an encouraging podcast. Come up with thoughts that create excitement for the new venture in your recovery.

Focus on the Benefits When Trying Something New

Until you focus on trying new things, you may never find what your passion or identity is. Humans are wired to be curious – a characteristic that is easily lost as adulthood surfaces with responsibilities. Believe it or not, the more you try something new, the more fun you have in life. There are several benefits to taking the stress off your shoulders and trying something :

  • Meeting new people
  • Builds confidence
  • Discover your likes and dislikes
  • Find purpose
  • Learn to appreciate time and effort
  • Builds awareness

Life stops when anxiety prevents you from learning and growing. The process of learning extends beyond the school days and well into the adult years. When you eliminate trying new things, a sense of restlessness may occur. This is your body telling you that it is lacking in an area of your recovery. If this sounds like you, The Guest House is here to support you in every endeavor of your recovery. Additionally, resources are available no matter where you are in your recovery journey.

Change How You Look at Anxiety

Most people understand how anxiety can deter them from trying something new. It is easy to look at others and give suggestions; however, when you are in the space, it tends to be hard. Understanding how you view anxiety is just as important as the trigger so you can manage it when trying something new. Anxiety is a warning sign to your body that the stress is present.

When anxiety surfaces, take a moment to think about what is causing you to feel this way. Anxiety loses its grip when you take your mind off it and to the present moment. Breathing techniques can help you focus on the present moment and decrease your anxiety. The next time anxiety takes you out of the present moment, regain control by sitting down and focusing on your breathing. Additionally, The Guest House provides exceptional professionals who can guide you in learning how to breathe consciously during anxiety.

Replace your fears by changing how you look at them. Understand that you have the power to change how you give stress meaning in your life. For example, stop fearing that you could lose your car and focus on how grateful you are to have a car. Be determined to follow all traffic regulations. This way, you can work through anxiety in a healthy manner.

Anxiety can surface in many areas of your life. It pops up when least expected. With several changes in your thought process and self-awareness, you can be on your way to try something new. Most people are aware that anxiety will occur from time to time. There are several healthy coping skills that you can explore in order to prevent yourself from giving up. At The Guest House, we understand how anxiety can prevent you from trying something new. We have been there, and every step towards change counts. We are in this fight with you and want to support you. If you are struggling to try something new, please give us a call at (855) 483-7800 today.