I think you may all know by now that this weekend I attended my first ever bloggers meet up (I have been going on about it quite a bit now; sorry…. In my next post I will finally be showing you photos from my day, including pretty snaps of London and beautiful new products that I had the pleasure of seeing!). Anyhow, as you can probably imagine, going to a meet up in a super busy city with a bunch of people I had never met was something I counted as potentially stressful/ anxiety inducing. Despite this, a miracle occurred; I managed to have an amazingly fun day, didn’t get lost once and made some great new pals (and got a goody bag!!). Due to this, I figure that the little strategies I used to control my anxiety really did work, so I think its best that I share them. I am really hoping that at least a few people will benefit from these little tips:
1. Have a little think about what triggers your anxiety:
I realised that on the day, I could really do without freaking out in the middle of London. For that reason, I decided I needed to avoid anxious situations as much as possible, hence why it was absolutely essential to figure out my triggers. After a long hard think, I came to the conclusion that I get crazily stressed about running late anywhere and getting lost makes me panic and pretty much freeze up. After figuring this out, I made sure before leaving that at no point there was a possibility of me running late- I made sure that I arrived in London 2 hours before the event, and that I had at least a 20 minute break between each of my trains (I know for some people this might sound like craziness, but it kept me really relaxed so was well worth it). As for the getting lost, before going to London I priced up taxis from my station to the actual venue incase I did have some kind of disaster on the underground (i.e me freaking out about it being so busy and burrow like). I also printed off maps from the train station to the underground if I was feeling relaxed enough to get on.
2. Try and find people that you trust to go with:
If its possible, try and go with a friend or family member that you trust to get you to where you are going. In my case, I didn’t originally know any of the lovely girls going, but fortunately I was able to get to know a few online before we met up, and we were able to meet up at the train station. This made my feel a lot more confident and even happy to go on the underground!
3. Don’t leave anything until the last minute:
Personally, I truly believe that if you go to sleep with everything organised for the following day, you will wake up filled with a “can do” feeling. Theres nothing worse in my book than waking up, and having to run around like a headless chicken collecting last minute bits to put in your bag, or printing off last minute forms etc. For the meet up, I made sure that I had all my snacks for the train journey ready to go, my phone fully charged and bits like spare camera batteries already in my bag.
4. Don’t be embarrassed to write yourself little notes/ put happy things in your bag:
I know that this may sound a tad lame, but if you have a little item that you think is lucky/ will calm you down then don’t be embarrassed to take it along with you. I wrote myself a little note that I kept in a pocket of my bag, reminding me that even if I freak out, I will still be Ok. I reminded myself in the note that I will be in a very busy city, therefore there will be at least one person around me that will be able to help me.
I really hope my readers don’t mind me diverting away from my usual beauty and lifestyle posts, but I really feel like this post had to be popped onto my little corner of the internet, as hopefully it has a chance to help someone else who finds themselves getting anxious and stressy in new situations. Its so important that really exciting opportunities aren’t turned down out of fear of anxiety, and hopefully these few tips can help other people, much like they have helped me. I would love to hear any of your tips, and I will be sure to speak to you all again very soon 🙂 xxxx