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Managing The Stresses Of Joining A New Group

Mar 13, 2008
It can be stressful when you join a new group for the first time. Meeting new people and not knowing what to expect can create some anxiety. Here are some suggestions on how to reduce the anxiety of joining a new group and meeting new people.

Be friendly and outgoing when you join a new group that interests you. People want to hang out with others who are nice and easy going. When meeting people for the first time, try to remember their names and give a firm handshake. First impressions are important so be nice and smile.

Try to be an active member in the group. A lot of groups have officers that perform various duties. Volunteer to be an officer or get involved in a leadership position. Getting involved will help you to get to know the other people in the group.

Do not force any friendships. Join the group and enjoy yourself. For instance, you join a bowling group. Focus on enjoying bowling and having fun. Friendships will begin to develop when you are having fun and doing what you like to do. Be patient and have fun.

Offer a helping hand. There will be times that members of your group will need some assistance or some help. Be there for the members of your group. For instance, if someone is having a bad day, talk to them or help them out. Remember, you need to be a friend in order to make a friend.

Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel depressed, open up your small notebook and read those statements.

Learn to take it one day at a time. Instead of worrying about how you will get through the rest of the week or coming month, try to focus on today. Each day can provide us with different opportunities to learn new.

Joining a new group can be stressful. Take things slow and do not force anything. You always have the option of leaving and finding another group. There are many groups that you can choose from so do not get anxious. Join a group that interests and you and have fun. The rest will fall into place.
About the Author
Stan Popovich is the author of, A Layman's Guide to Managing Fear, an easy to read book that presents a overview of techniques that are effective in managing persistent fears and anxieties. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com
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