Maintaining A Great Social Life When You Suffer From Anxiety
Sometimes it’s easy to just stay home and avoid going out and risking any awkwardness or embarrassment. We’ve all done it, but then we’re just left out, aren’t we? Anxiety is a real thing and I know how hard it can be to deal with, but it shouldn’t consistently stop you from enjoying your social life. Even when you’re struggling, it’s still possible to get out and have fun!
1. Get yourself in the right mindset
I know this seems extra difficult when you’re dealing with anxiety, but it’s not impossible. It takes a conscious effort and a lot of hard work. Do things like getting into the habit of saying yes to new experiences or making a list of achievable goals and sticking to them. Even if they are only simple ideas, the process of escaping your comfort zone can help you tons in the future. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.
Besides, that sense of excitement and increased confidence is pretty great, too.
2. Connect With People Like You
If you’re anything like me, you cannot escape the fact that meeting new people is scary. What if they’re weirded out about your disability or your sense of humor? Nobody wants to put themselves in potentially vulnerable positions. One of the great things about the internet and social media is that we’re able to connect with people that can relate to how we’re feeling. Sites like https://www.anxietyforum.net/forum/exist to give you a space to discuss your anxiety with others who have the same experiences.
Something as simple as talking to someone on Twitter for a few minutes or any other social media can really help when you’re feeling alone. Heck, I met my two best friends on Tumblr! Even if you never meet those people in real life, they can be a huge form of support. That sense of emotional belonging counts for a lot.
3. Attend A Special Event
No matter what your passion is, there’s a way to make it a social activity if it doesn’t already exist. Whether you like music, sport, or dance isn’t really important. Finding ways to turn those activities into social events can be one of the best things you can do. You’ll already have something in common with the people there, you’ll have something to do if the conversation starts to lag, and you’ll be having fun because it’s something you know you love!
Find a show near you and talk to the people in line, make a Facebook event, invite that coworker you’ve been wanting to hang out with. If you’re in Florida, check out http://www.theatermania.com/florida-theater/shows/to see what shows are going on. Or, put on your own show! Who says you just have to watch?
The thought of being around or in front of lots of people can be a little (aka super) terrifying. Take comfort in the fact that no one has to know who you are unless you want them to and let yourself open up at your own pace.
4. Keep Things Exclusive
It’s okay to just hang out with a small group of friends. If the thought of attending a huge public venue is too much, you can always stick with a private party or outing instead! Plan something memorable with your group. Get an Airbnb, plan a road trip, go to Disney, get a party bus – did you know that’s a real thing? it is, look! https://www.bergenlimo.com/fleet/ny-party-bus-rental/! You can do anything you want, no matter how goofy. over the top, or super chill. Just do something and don’t let yourself talk you out of it.
Eventually, you can start to branch out and meet new people if you feel ready! There’s no race as long as you’re getting out and having fun.
There’s no reason to feel guilty or down about your anxiety. At the same time, letting it rule your life isn’t exactly your best option. Your friends and family are there to help, but in the end, it’s only you that can truly make a change. Start with some baby steps and you’re gonna be just fine!
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