Anxiety is totally normal, and we all have to deal with it at some point. That doesn’t make it any less daunting. If your anxiety stems from a feeling of doom, try focusing on your options, not the problem or task, to overcome it.
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We’ve all had the “this could go terribly wrong” feeling. Some of us let that feeling get the best of us. Chris Hardwick, author of The Nerdist Way, suggests focusing on your options to feel more in control and calm yourself down. Here’s his advice for regaining confidence and quelling anxiety in any situation:
Confidence in any scenario isn’t about trying to convince yourself, ‘Hey! I’m awesome squared!’ It’s about feeling like you have options. Whenever you have at least one other option in life, you feel relaxed, safe, and cool because if the one thing doesn’t work out, you’re not going to die.
For example: if you’re worried about your job security, focus on the other job options you might have, or look for other jobs you may be qualified for, just to bask in the choices. If you can’t find any other options, then it’s time to try to create some so you can feel more confident and secure.