When you’re about to do something new, difficult, or uncomfortable, like taking the SAT, trying out of the basketball team, learning how to drive, participating in a debate, talking to an unfamiliar student, your alarm goes off. Your body reacts as if it’s in danger. Your mind starts thinking about all the bad things that could happen. Your instincts tell you to “avoid at all costs!” and worry sets in. If you follow the instinct to avoid, you might skip doing the new or difficult thing or try not to think about it. You do feel a little better in that moment, but then your mind and body just learned that this situation was “dangerous” instead of difficult or uncomfortable. That’s the anxiety cycle.
Challenge Your Thoughts • Be Brave • Take Control