Let’s face it, we’re all a little awkward. We stumble over our words, our feet, and basically through life, but why is this? And could it actually be a good thing?

As someone whose awkwardness has taken up a permanent residency in their personality, I found this all super relieving to learn about! There’s even a trick we can use to get through situations that bring us anxiety, so, let’s get to it.

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The awesome Vanessa Hill of BrainCraft takes this feeling apart into easily digestible pieces and gives us a few tricks on how to ease this awkward phenomenon that sweeps over most of us (and how it can actually be good for our social lives!)

Via: BrainCraft  1

Let’s spend a little more time on that whole reinterpreting our feelings idea. Is it really possible that telling ourselves we are excited instead of telling ourselves to calm down when the jitters of anxiety come over us, could actually help us perform better?

The Atlantic unpacks this a bit more and puts it to practice in a bar with a microphone and projected lyrics.

Via: The Atlantic  2

Okay, now that we can take control of our awkwardness and anxiety in social situations, how can we use this information to start conversations with new great people?

That’s a good question. Thankfully, we published this article a few weeks ago that picks it apart:

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Stay open to new possibilities!

  • Sam

“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” — Albert Einstein

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  1. “The Upside of Being Awkward.” YouTube. BrainCraft, 22 Mar. 2018. Web. 23 Mar. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XqdULycjBYg>.
  2.  “How to Turn Anxiety Into Excitement.” YouTube. The Atlantic, 30 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Mar. 2018. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1rRgElTeIqE>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.