You may want to use this Self-Image Exercise Worksheet
to write and re-work your own self-image.
Your Revised Self-Image Work...
Make your revised self-image
your own, reinforcing self-acceptance and a
new awareness of your strengths.
- As in the self-image
example shown, you might recognize that
you are more comfortable in small groups,
meaning that you have the language and
social skills to express yourself, to make
eye contact, to listen and respond.
- Recognizing skills
you do have is an important 1st step
to building this strength, if that's what
you decide is important to you.
- You do not lose
these skills simply because you enter a
room with a large number of people - the
stress response kicks in big time, resulting
in anxious and uncomfortable feelings.
The stress response is fuelled with thoughts
of "I can't do this and I don't want
to be here!"
- Remember, anxiety
in new situations does not mean you can't
handle those situations.
- Try to understand
the message of the emotion. Anxiety is
a signal to reflect on the context of the
situation you're in and how it is affecting
- Take a deep breath,
problem solve the situation. Later on,
you may want to plan ahead for the next
- These and other
coping strategies will help you to use
the stress response as an energizer - let
it "pump you" up just enough
to face the challenge and do well!