There I was. In Sydney, Australia, alone. I’d never traveled alone internationally before, so the prospect was daunting. I hadn’t booked a place to stay as I wanted to fly by the seat of my pants. I didn’t consider being exhausted by the flight. As I looked around the airport, my confidence started to drain as I was dumped into indecision. Finally, I just decided to go to downtown Sydney.
This was the start. This was my one foot in front of the other. If I hadn’t made a decision, any decision, I might still be in the Sydney airport.
Sometimes when you arrive at an unfamiliar place or situation you get stressed out and enter analysis paralysis. It deprives you of your confidence and you begin to question your choices. You end up in that space of, “I’m not good enough.” Then the spiral begins and the tornado of emotions gets out of control.
There is hope with these 5 simple steps
- Breathe. Just breathe
- Laugh at yourself
- Write your choices on a piece of paper. Tear them off, put them in a hat or pile, then draw your choice.
- Ask a stranger what they would do.
- Last but not least, place a phone call to your bestie
When you break the stress cycle you move forward faster. When you’re moving about your life, try these steps when you get in a stressful situation. Share here which step works best for you.