“Anticipatory anxiety” is the anxiety one experiences before starting a challenging activity. Most often, anticipatory anxiety is a lot higher than what you actually end up experiencing.
Why do we experience anticipatory anxiety? I think it’s because the panic response is over-zealous about doing its job: trying to locate any danger, in order to protect us. When it can’t find any danger in the present, it looks into the future. Sometimes, the only possible “danger” it can find is something you haven't done yet!
Do not over think this one, you will do well on your trip for work, this is something you can do.
Remember to not get stuck on the "stinkin thinkin" highway but kick that anxiety to the curb................you can do this my friend.
Stay in the moment and practice all the skills you have picked up along the way.
Thinking of you, ((((((((((((((((((HUGS))))))))))))))))))))
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