Affirmations can help us build that mindset.
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We can try asking ourselves what we are good at, and what we would like to be better at. We can list the challenges that we have overcome and feel proud about it, increasing our self-confidence.
Once we build our self-confidence and are ready to talk to strangers, there are certain guidelines we need to follow, in order to ease the process.
Starting a conversation is easy if we do it in the realm of our surroundings. When we are in the supermarket, we can initiate a conversation by asking for a suggestion to pick a perfect apple, but cannot discuss a movie, as that would be out of context.
Even if it sounds clichéd, we can practice striking a conversation in the visible context(like the weather) with strangers, as it is likely we would never see that person again anyway!
If we feel shy, nervous or overwhelmed while talking to a stranger, you can be frank and tell that person. The other person is a mystery waiting to be discovered, but most of us are happy scrolling through our phones as it feels easier and safer.
By acknowledging your shyness or how awkward you feel, you are putting the other person at ease, who may be feeling the same way.
Hard anniversaries, like the birthday of someone we've lost, are helped by routines and rituals. They create a grounding structure with a reassuring and stabilising effect.
We all know that moment when a relationship fight pushes us over the edge. It's when we wonder how this very same issue that upsets me so much can pop up again.
Dishes left piling up in the sink. Too much time scrolling through social media when we desire quality time. The tone of voice that makes us feel stupid. The personal jabs that leave us feeling raw.
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