How not to worry about things you don’t want to think about

3rd May 2012 | My Life | 8 comments

So, I got a job promotion. Which means leaving my old store, and going to a new one. Which made me a little nervous, but I knew I could handle it. It was work, and I’m good at my job.

But this new job also requires four weeks of leadership training. Four weeks of being in a school like situation. It makes me a nervous wreck to even think about it. I was home-schooled, people! I don’t know anything about real school! I’ve never had to stand in front of a group and give a report, but I will have to for this class. I’ve never had to act out scenarios in front of people, but I’ll have to for class. Ugh.

So, to keep myself calm, I had to find ways to keep my mind off my impending doom classes. Maybe doing these things will help you too, if you have something that you have to do that you’re not looking forward to.

Go shopping.
I needed a new work wardrobe for my new position, and concentrating on shopping for a few days helped keep my mind off of things. I was even able to make a girls day out of it and go shopping with several of my friends and my Sister. It was a fun and relaxing day.

Watch a favorite DVD
I pulled out my Prison Break season one DVD and went on a two day binge. It had been a long time since I’d watched the show, so it was nice to revisit it. Watching all the trouble Michael Scofield went through to bust his brother out of prison, made my own fears seem small. :)

Play a game
When I found myself feeling a little antsy, I played my Nintendo DS. It was really relaxing.

Prepare yourself
I think part of why I dislike situations like this, is that I don’t really know what to expect, and I hate not being prepared. So, I did what I could to prepare myself. I asked others who had attended the classes before what it was like. And I even made the three hour drive to make sure I could find the hotel and training facility, that way I didn’t have to worry about getting lost when I went for real.

So, what do you do when you have to do something you really don’t want to do? Do you face it head on? Or are you like me and you find ways not to think about it?

8 Comments

Dayle Lynne

6th May 2012 at 3:45 AM permalink

I definitely go the “try not to think about it” route!

I know you’re nervous, but I am sure you will do fabulously and I look forward to reading all about it!!! :-)
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Paula Reply:

Thank you Dayle! The classes have been good so far this week, and I can feel myself becoming more comfortable. Maybe these classes will help me get over a lot of my social anxieties. :)

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Laura

8th May 2012 at 3:41 AM permalink

When I am nervous about something, shopping clothes and going out for a nice run alone, and watch the nature usually help me. Good luck with your new job!
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Paula Reply:

Thanks Laura! Spending time with nature is great way to calm nerves. :)

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Samantha Bangayan

8th May 2012 at 1:28 PM permalink

You are going to be amazing, Paula! I’m sure you’ve spoken in front of people before for other situations, so you can apply your experience to the classroom. =) Maybe there are other people who were home schooled too!

I think I’m more of the procrastinate and ignore it, and then face it head on type. =) I love your strategies though! I’m going to implement the “preparing myself” strategy in the future. =)
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Paula Reply:

Thank you for your encouragement Samantha! :) I have spoke in front of groups before, but for some reason it is harder when I don’t know the people. You’d think it would be the opposite! lol

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Nina

8th May 2012 at 2:20 PM permalink

I’m a master procrastinator. I think . . . I probably eat. Not good!

Congrats on the promotion!

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Paula Reply:

Thanks Nina! Eating I forgot to mention that one! I do that too! :)

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