Tuesday, February 6, 2007

High Anxiety

I'm just getting ready to go in and do a storytime and I am suddenly feeling anxious. It isn't about storytime...I don't think it is about work at all. I'm not sure what it is. Lawd, I hate when this happens! I am pretty noted for my calmness and pronounced lack of that weird nervous energy that some people give off. Still, I have these moments and they feel like doom.

5 comments:

evil-e said...

Take it easy, just chill....

I hate the feeling of "the dread", I can be all set to go, all organized, all calm..and bam it hits me like a safe.

Tara said...

You could try a few things:

1) Stop for a moment and take a couple of good, deep breaths.

2) Say "I'm excited. Not anxious." (sometimes this helps, I learned it it in an oral communication class one time)

3) Try to dissect why you're anxious.

4) See #1. Lather, rinse and repeat.

Rachel said...

I hate when that happens. I would say to picture your audience in their underwear but since they are children that might hint of something gross and illegal.

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l.b. said...

Evil-E: Thank you, I did feel calmer pretty quickly. Glad to know I'm not the only one with the occasional feelinging of dread.

Tara: Those are great tips! I do try really hard to focus on where particular feelings are actually coming from. In this case, I think I was really helped just by writing my anxiety down.

Rachel: haha! Yeah, that would be a little weird in this case, although it is certainly effective for some gatherings.