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It's a First!

Sep 04, 2019 05:58PM ● By Kirsten Klug
As I was walking my dog this morning, I said hi to my neighbor. I asked him how his daughter liked her first day of school. He said she didn't like it and was upset about going to a new school. I thought about it and hoped that in time she would learn to enjoy it. 

As I walked back to our door, I thought about the idea of approaching something new and how to do it so you do enjoy it.

So much of what we experience is designed by how we choose to be a part of the first time.
For instance, with a positive attitude we can have a positive impact when learning something new.

We have all gone to new schools, classes, businesses, events, and places. A first day of school. A first day to ride a bike. A first time to jump into a swimming pool or hole. 

The more we can enjoy a new experience, the more we can take in and be open to what is next. 

1. Turn your nerves into a smile
Our pain and laughter live on the same nerve, so rather than letting worry win focus on simply smiling. When you smile you release endorphins that make the experience that much more enjoyable. 

2. Be early and have a plan
Being early gives you a little extra time to assess the new place, find a parking space, figure out where you are going, and relax prior to the start. You can even visit the place ahead of time so you can create a plan when you arrive.

3.  Look for the good
Be aware of your surroundings and notice what you like. If you see something you don't like, take notice of it and then, try to find other things that allow you to feel good or relaxed. 

4. Breathe and take your time
Know that sometimes when we get anxious about the unknown, we breathe, talk, and move faster. Be aware of your breathe and if you notice yourself moving too fast, simply slow down. You likely have enough time. '

5. Come prepared with a couple conversation starters
If your first involves other people, then have a few simple conversation starters on your mind in order for you to more easily talk to others. Conversation starters are: "what kind of foods do you like to eat?" "what did you do this last weekend that was fun?" 

The first can be your opportunity for what is next. Embrace it and learn to enjoy your first day!