First day of classes...Night school
September 1, 2009 6:43am CST
Hi everyone! I am starting my first day of classes today. Night school, actually, and I am extremely nervous. I always have a lot of anxiety surrounding going to school because I am very shy. So I am wondering, how do you deal with school anxiety, or even any other anxiety? What do you tell yourself to calm your shyness?
4 Sep 09
I was very tensed to go to school when it started. Also, I haven't had any friends joined with me or already studying in the same school. So, I was tensed about how to get used to the new school, class mates, teachers, and the new situation. But, it was not that difficult as I expected. So, I think it won't be difficult as you think. Try to be friends with your school mates. I will work out. All the best!
4 Sep 09
I can easily relate to your situation. I started school a few weeks ago, and I was really nervous about it. I am not as shy as I used to be, but my shyness is still a problem when I am in a classroom or when I meet new people. I have decided to set some small goals for myself in the beginning. During the first weeks I don't expect myself to talk in class or to talk to the other students, in the beginning my only goal is to attend classes. Later I want to challenge myself a bit more, and try to participate more actively in a small group, and when I achieve that goal I will set other goals and maybe try to participate in a bigger group. I know from experience that self-acceptance is one of the most important things. I have to accept my shyness instead of critizing myself all the time like I did in the past. I used to HATE my shyness, but I don't think that is the right way to get rid of it. I have to accept it as a part of myself. Do you know the site "Shy and free?" I found the site some years ago, and I think it is very useful. If you don't know it, you could have a look at it, it might help you, too.
4 Sep 09
Thank you so much for this site! I have been reading through it for about a half hour so far and it seems awesome. It seems like it will be helpful to me. I tend to get in the circle of being shy, criticizing myself about it, and being more shy. And like yours was, my goal right now is getting myself to attend class. Later on to talk in class and to other students. Thanks a ton for your response!