Calm. At Ease.
August 30, 2010 11:33 AM Subscribe
Do you have any quick phrases or slogans that you like to repeat yourself to get yourself to calm down (or at least NOT panic) when entering an anxiety-inducing situation?
posted by AlbatrossJones to human relations (95 answers total) 75 users marked this as a favorite
-You're about to go on a blind date (or the first date in a long-time, or something similar that has consequences for your self-esteem)
-You're about to go dancing (and you don't do so often)
-You're about to hangout with a large group of people you don't know
-Etc., etc. etc.
In the final minutes before these things actually happen, I might go...a little nuts. I know what social anxiety disorder is, and I'm fairly sure I don't have it. Nevertheless, I just need a little something to say to myself.
(I've often said "I'm not afraid to die" as a comically hyperbolic way of trying to put fear in its proper perspective, but I'm really hungry for some others. I really hope I'm not the only person who does this.)
Any suggestions are appreciated.