There’s no Reason to Freak out…Unless…
Do you ever freak out when facing new situations? I think everyone does sometimes, no matter how old they are. Our degree of anxiousness varies according to a number of factors, including our perceived locus of control (internal or external), past experiences, mental and physical health, environment, relationships, and financial stability.
Even so, I think we can all do things to calm ourselves. One way is to reframe a situation by telling ourselves we are “excited” rather than “anxious” or “nervous” about it. And we can ask ourselves: What’s the worst that can happen?
Everyone gets anxious sometimes when facing new situations. But what's the worst that can happen? (The sillier the better.) Click To Tweet
Kids freak out
My friend and organizing colleague Carol Jones, owner of A Jones for Organizing, shared a cute new children’s book on Facebook the other day. It was written by Jennifer Crouch and illustrated by Jared Salmond. It’s called…wait for it…There’s no Reason to Freak out…Unless.
Carol: Parents and grandparents, I have an adorable and helpful book for you! If your little kids are ever nervous about new situations, this book will help them laugh about it and ease their anxiety. Everything from jumping into a pool to moving to a new house, has a ridiculous and silly alternative. Your kids will have fun coming up with their own examples. And I don’t just love it because my niece came up with this for her own little kids and wrote it herself, but because the idea is fabulous, and the illustrations are adorable. Check it out!
Carol: That is an excellent idea. You should write it!
Carol: I was totally serious! Think about it!
Hazel: I could probably manage a blog post.
Amazon book description:
Ever been witness to your child’s struggle with something new or difficult? You wouldn’t be human if you hadn’t. Novelty can be tough! Hardship by its very nature is hard. And the best way to overcome that fear is to tackle it again and again and again.
This book provides a whole new way of tackling fear by contrasting seemingly scary situations with the wildly ridiculous. It puts the fun in fear and makes difficult things downright silly. Afraid to jump in a pool? Sure, that can be scary. But there’s no reason to freak out… unless the pool is filled with pickles! Thunderstorm freaking you out? No need to worry…unless it’s raining jellyfish!
Adults do too
I see ADULTS struggling with things that are new or difficult ALL. THE. TIME. Here are some examples. (I don’t have a copy of the book. But I’d be willing to bet that most of the examples in the book apply to adults, too.)
Afraid of making a mistake?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless you suddenly find yourself performing brain surgery without any training or practice!
Read this blog post: Always Believe in Yourself (Spoiler alert: You WILL make mistakes, and things WILL happen. But you will survive. Because you always do.)
Ask yourself: What’s the worst that can happen? How likely is that? What would I do if it did happen? Do I need to learn more, practice, or ask for help? What is my Plan B?
Timid about going someplace new?
There’s no reason to freak out…unless the only way to get there is by hot air balloon, and you have to hang on for dear life to the outside of the basket the whole way!
Try this: Check Google Maps in advance (Street View, so you can virtually walk around the new neighborhood); leave early; use GPS; and (if local) make a trial run earlier in the week to scope out the parking situation.
Can’t remember where you put something?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless you’re the person responsible for protecting the country’s nuclear codes!
Read this blog post: If you can’t find something, clean up!
Anxious about meeting new people?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless YOU are purple, and THEY are one-eyed, one-horned, flyin’ purple people eaters!
Remember this song? Sheb Wooley “The Purple People Eater” (Official Video)
Nervous about public speaking?
(Remember the old advice about picturing the audience in their underwear?)
There’s no reason to freak out… unless you’re the only one in your underwear!
Read this blog post: Public Speaking: 6 Ways to Calm Your Nerves
Don’t know how to do something?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless you are on a desert island with no one to ask for help and no internet for Googling up a tutorial video!
I also love this: Danielle LaPorte – A Credo for Making it Happen (YouTube, less than 2 min.)
Afraid to part with something in case you might need it someday?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless you’re in possession of the actual, biblical, holy grail!
Read this blog post: Keep or Toss? “But I might need it someday!”
Related article: Holy Grail and Ark of Covenant thought to be located under an English house — Who knows? But why not? (I just watched “The Lost King”, the movie about the remains of King Richard III, lost for 500 years, being found in a British parking lot by amateur historian Phillipa Langley.)
Worried about the future?
There’s no reason to freak out… unless a gigantic asteroid is suddenly discovered to be headed our way and there is nothing anyone can do to prevent our mass extinction. In which case it’s time to party like there’s (literally) no tomorrow!
Read this blog post: What are you worried about? Don’t worry – Take action!
What other examples (and silly extended scenarios) can you think of?
How do you calm yourself when faced with a new situation?
Please share with us in the comments below!
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