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Try Something New

Monday, March 18th, 2024

by Samantha Booth, Counseling Intern



Trying new things is part of growing up and evolving. Consider the value of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to try something entirely new or stretch yourself with a familiar activity.  Being open to something new can create opportunities for kindness and connection with others. Reflect on "firsts" in your life and any emotions connected to them.

New adventures involve risk and uncertainty. You may be at a phase in your life where you are seeking stability. At some point, you may feel you are spending too much effort on keeping things "as is" and not enough striving for what could be.

If you are feeling ready to embark on a new adventure or shake up the same 'ol same, try these tips to help gear up for the challenge!

1. Choose what inspires you.  This is where you get to dream and answer the question of what you want life to be.  Intrinsic motivation will get you started and help you overcome challenges.

2. Remember it is OK to be scared.  Trying new things is exhilarating for some, scary for others.  Whether you are truly thrilled or totally intimidated, don't let fears stop you.

3. Get advice or do your research.  Talking with someone who has had a similar experience or has expertise in an area that you are trying to challenge yourself can help ease some of the anxiety you may feel.  Additionally, researching and making plans can help guide you through potential "stuck" points.

4. Take small steps. Be patient with yourself and just keep moving forward. Setbacks and mistakes make new tasks or challenges more daunting, but continue to put one foot in front of the other, learning as you go.

Trying new things is its own reward, freeing you to have the experiences that you long to enjoy.  Along the way, you may learn to navigate new situations, overcome fears, cultivate patience, show humility, and deepen friendships.

At River Counseling we meet you where you are,  offering hope. That is our mission. You may schedule an appointment with the Platte office or with one of the therapists from our other locations, Sioux Falls Psychological services or Stronghold Counseling in Sioux Falls or Yankton.  To schedule an appointment please call 605-274-2716. Please note that River Counseling’s phone number has changed and the 605-337-3444 phone number is no longer in service.