Anxiety in learning
By Aneesa Moidoo, Psychologist
I enjoy learning new skills, languages, and taking online classes, among other things. But the moment I consider doing it, I become anxious, and if I do not do, it puts me down. What do you believe is going on with me, and how can I overcome it?
It’s normal to feel anxious about learning new things.
There are a few reasons why this might be the case: •Fear of failure is the most common reason for making you anxious from learning something new.
You may be afraid of not being good enough, or of making mistakes. Similarly, the fear of the unknown.
It can stop you from initiating learning. When you start something new, you don’t know what to expect.
This uncertainty can be scary. Fear of success is another hindrance that rarely people are aware of.
You may be afraid of what success might mean for you, such as taking on new responsibilities or changing your lifestyle.
Imposter syndrome is another killer for the process. You may feel like we don’t belong in the learning environment, or that you’re not smart enough to succeed.
You may also struggle with unrealistic expectations of yourselves, and feel like we have to be perfect at everything we do.
Now,there are a few things you can do to overcome it:
• Identify your fears. What are you most afraid of ? Once you know what you’re afraid of, you can start to challenge those fears.
• Check for the evidences. Keep an eye on yourself. Look at how you’re feeling. Check to see if it contains proof from your previous experience.
If so, what is the difference you can think of that is different from what you encountered (e.g., you are older now, more knowledgable, have had more exposure, received more recognition and acknowledgment, and so on) You may have felt a lot of pressure within you during your earlier experiences, which led to your self-judgment.
It’s easy to lose sight of the circumstance you’re in today and the person you’ve become as a result of your You may have felt a lot of pressure inside your head during your earlier experiences, which led to your self-judgment.
It’s easy to lose sight of the circumstance you’re in today and the person you’ve become as a result of your experiences in this domain of ideas and feelings but reacting to a comparable circumstance from your biased perspective.
The next easy to help yourself ease the tension is to Set realistic goals. Don’t try to do too much too soon.
Start with small, achievable goals and gradually work your way up.
Finding a supportive community like learning with friends, family, or classmates.
Having a support system can make learning more enjoyable and less stressful.
Don’t be hard with mistakes.
Everyone makes mistakes when they’re learning something new.
It’s part of the process. Treating yourself once you accomplish a new learn,no matter how small, take the time to celebrate.
This will help you stay motivated and keep learning.
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