Social anxiety is the pinnacle of fear in interacting with others. You start to overthink about how you act or speak, especially when you’re around certain people or are attending certain social gatherings. Sometimes, you feel so much shame, anxiety, and humiliation that you prevent yourself from attending such meetups and events.
Social anxiety is able to affect you physically. It makes you sweat profusely. You feel your heart racing out of anticipation and nervousness-mostly nervousness. Social anxiety makes you tremble and shake from head-to-toe. You feel sick to your stomach in social interactions and gatherings.
One is as much affected emotionally by social anxiety as he/she is affected much physically It’s the feeling of extreme nervousness when saying something as simple as a hello to others. Social anxiety is wanting to reach out, but being terrified to do so; and when you do reach out, you’re stressing over the person’s potential response or lack of response. It’s desiring to make connections, but being afraid of not being liked or not liking yourself enough to handle people or situations in everyday life.
Having social anxiety honestly sucks. I constantly feel self-doubt in my social interactions. I desire to connect with others, but the fear of connecting with others sometimes stops me from doing so. I sometimes struggle to follow the simplest social cues because I’m so anxious about doing or saying something wrong. I attempt to be an active friend in my life and reach out to others. But, even that is able to feel like a chore out of my own anxiety and fears. Due to my own past hurts, I sometimes avoid interactions out of panic of being hurt again-being made to feel crazy in situations of which I have no control.
For those of you without social anxiety: reassure the daylight out of those in your life who have it. Social anxiety is able to be so debilitating and exhausting. Most to all people with social anxiety don’t want it, and honestly feel scared. Let them know you care, and help them overcome their negative thoughts about themselves.
For those of you with social anxiety: I’m so proud of you in your attempts to overcome your problems and to socialize. I know such things can be scary and difficult. Don’t beat yourself up when you mess up. Just keep trying, and know you’re doing the best you humanely are able to do.
Social anxiety is able to be conquered; it doesn’t have to be the pinnacle of fear in someone’s emotional connections.