How decrease my levels of frustration when learning a skill?
February 18, 2012 12:53 PM Subscribe
How do I get over the sudden fear, anxiety, frustration and embarrassment I feel when learning a new skill?
posted by Shebear to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I am an adult with anxiety issues. These are most apparent whe I am learning a new skill in front of other people. As soon as I get to something even slightly difficult, my frustration seems to skyrocket and I lose control (this involves crying, shaking and just plain losing it) . Then I am instantly embarrassed and feel the need to stop and run away.
For example, I have wanted to try knitting for years. I took a class this morning, and the second I fell behind everyone, tears and embarrassment. I was able to finish the class, but burst into tears as I left and I''m still crying three hours later.
I'm on meds (took a Xanax before I went because I was pretty sure this would happen) and have been in and out of therapy.
This is preventing me from living my life - I'm too terrified to drive, to cook, and basically learn anything for fear of being slow or not the best. Help!!
Thanks for any advice.