Figuring out risk
Each situation may hold different levels of risk. And everybody has a different threshold for the level of risk they’ll take on.
Some risks help you to grow and move beyond your comfort zone eg loving somebody when you’re afraid of rejection
Some risk teaches you about what you like and what you don’t eg when you experiment with new things, situations or relationships
Other types of risks can be dangerous or illegal with serious consequences for your health and wellbeing – this is often what people refer to when they talk about risk taking
Be aware of the level of risk
Knowing what you’re ok with and what you’re not is a learning process. Sometimes you might feel comfortable with the risks but at other times you may feel very distressed or upset.
Here’s some signs to look out for:
Find out what level of risk you’re comfortable with
Understand the risks to you and those around you.
Thinking ahead can help you make a good decision. At other times, it’s not until after you’ve taken the risk that you learn what’s ok for you and what isn’t.
Avoid illegal behaviours or situations
Try to stick with risks that enhance your health and wellbeing
Be true to yourself – avoid doing it because you want to belong or fit in
Accept that it might not work out and be prepared
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