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Fear of change is a paralyzing force. Starting something new can be as intimidating as it is exciting. Having such a fear can stand in the way of learning and making the most out of life. It can also close off potential opportunities, such as making a new friend. Therefore, overcoming the fear of starting something new is important so as to not let fear control you and to be open to more opportunities. Follow the method below to help push past the initial fear or hesitance to start something new.

Acknowledge Your Fear

The first step is acknowledging your fear, regardless of how small it is. Just the slightest hint of fear inside you is a concern because it could grow larger when ignored. Admit to yourself that you fear starting something new. If it’s a particular activity, then make sure to specify.

Know Why You Fear Starting Something New

Next, tell yourself why you fear starting something new as precisely as possible. For example, if you are scared of starting new things in general, you might say, “I fear starting new things because I don’t want to be bad at it or be laughed at by others.” Or if you are worried about proposing to the one you love, you might say, “I fear proposing to (person’s name) because I don’t want the marriage to fail or to have been in an abusive marriage.”

Tell Yourself that You Have Nothing to Fear

Third in combating a fear of change is to tell yourself that you have nothing to fear and why. Using the first example, you could say, “I have nothing to fear but fear itself. There is no reason to fear starting new things because no one is born knowing how to do everything. We all must start somewhere. Even as a baby, I had to learn how to walk via trial and error. I accept that I may not be the best at first, but with practice and dedication, I will become good at ______.”

Laugh at Your Mishaps

One of the most common reasons for being hesitant to start something new is not wanting to be bad at it. Let go of that desire to be good from the beginning and be open to laughing at your mishaps. If you fall on your butt the second you step on your skateboard (and it didn’t hurt), laugh at yourself. Find the humor in it! When you’re able to laugh at your mistakes, you enjoy learning something new and ease the pressure on yourself to perform well.

In fact, you may even want to purposely do the new activity wrong (without hurting yourself). The exception is with relationships because it involves another person’s feelings, which aren’t something to be tampered with. An example of purposely doing the new hobby wrong is pressing too hard with the paintbrush while painting. This sounds like a weird technique but in doing something wrong, you can learn more. Just give it a try. Even if you don’t heighten the learning process, at least you’re having fun with it.

Set Goals

To assist with keeping yourself motivated to stick with the new activity instead of allowing fear to make you give up, set goals and keep track of them. Whenever you start to feel doubtful, look over your completed goals. If you haven’t completed one yet, then examine your current goals and feel proud of yourself for each step you’ve taken. Setting goals gives you something to strive for, boosts how quickly you progress, and fills you with a feeling of accomplishment.

Reward Yourself Each Time You Achieve a Goal

Don’t forget to reward yourself each time you accomplish a goal! This helps reinforce your desire to follow through with future goals. Try to make the reward relate in some way to what the goal was. For example, if your goal was to write a novel (draft) in one month, then an idea for a reward is buying a new laptop or going on a shopping spree at the book store. Or perhaps you would like some cute writing accessories. Keep in mind your reward doesn’t have to be expensive or monetary at all.

In conclusion, following the guide above will help you to overcome the fear of starting something new and prevent you from giving up on the new venture once you have started. The first three steps are a process for overcoming fear of change: acknowledge your fear, know why you fear it, and tell yourself that you have nothing to fear. This can be repeated as many times as you need to when learning something new. Laughing at your mishaps, setting goals, and rewarding yourself each time you achieve a goal are worthwhile tips for staying on the fearless path of starting something new.

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3 Homemade Healthy Hair Treatments

Commercial haircare treatments contain a whole range of ingredients, some of which can dry out your hair, cause skin reactions and even damage your health. Making haircare products of your own with ingredients found in your kitchen cupboard is a great way to keep your hair healthy and avoid nasty chemicals found in many store-bought products.

Egg Yolk Mask for Damaged Hair

Egg yolk contains protein and other nutrients that help to repair damaged hair. The egg is also a natural cleanser that can remove dirt and grime from the hair and scalp.

Whisk two or three egg yolks in a bowl until you have a slightly frothy liquid. Wet your hair with cool or tepid water, then massage the egg into your hair and scalp.

You can leave the egg on for up to 15 minutes, or you can rinse it out straight away with cool water. Never use hot water, as this will cook the egg and make it difficult to remove.

Baking Soda Scrub for Product Build-Up

Styling products leave a residue on your hair and scalp that can quickly build up, causing your hair to look dull and lifeless. Baking soda is a powerful natural cleanser that can remove this build-up and get your hair feeling squeaky clean.

Start by wetting your hair with warm water. Next, sprinkle one to two tablespoons of baking soda onto your scalp; massage thoroughly into your scalp and the roots of your hair. Rinse with warm water, making sure to remove all traces of baking soda.

As baking soda can upset the hair’s natural pH balance, you should not use this treatment more than once a month. You can help to restore the pH balance by rinsing your hair with apple cider vinegar.

Black Tea Rinse for Dull Hair

Black tea makes an excellent rinse to cleanse, soften and leave your hair looking shiny. If you prefer, you can use green tea, chamomile tea or other herbal teas.

Steep two tea bags in a pint of boiling water for at least five minutes. Remove the tea bags, then allow the liquid to cool. Next, pour the cool liquid over your scalp and hair.

Black tea is best for people with black or brown hair, as it contains tannins that help to enhance darker shades. Chamomile is ideal for blond hair, as it can have a lightening effect.

While natural products are usually more gentle on your hair and skin, some people may experience skin reactions when using specific ingredients. Therefore, it’s essential to test hair treatments on a small patch of skin before applying them to your whole head.

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