By: Makayla Campbell
What is Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder, which was formerly called “social phobia”, and is an overwhelming fear of being judged by others or being embarrassed. It can be expressed by blushing, shaking, accidentally offending someone, or being the center of attention in a public setting such as a party or a restaurant.
How it Affects People
Social anxiety can affect people in many ways. It can stop people from going about their daily routines, including (but not limited to) going to the grocery store, walking their dogs, or even playing the sport they love. An alternative outcome may present a significant impact on relationships with family, friends or a significant other. A large factor to social anxiety is how it also directly affects the person who has it by bringing a myriad of issues such as depression, low self esteem, negative thoughts, and poor social skills (that can not improve due to the isolation).
Ways to Deal With It
While there are plenty of options in surrendering to social anxiety, there are also many ways to face social anxiety head-on, such as going to therapy. Whether that be in person, on the phone, through facetime, or even on Skype, the technology available at our hands leaves little room for excuses. Hypothetically, if someone were to find the thought of going out to be terrifying, that person could get their groceries sent to their home, order meals through delivery apps (such as Uber Eats or Postmates), and facetime friends or family, all without leaving the house!
During this time of isolation, it could be hard to force yourself out of your comfort zone but just remember to take slow steps. Any progress is better than nothing.
“Social Anxiety Disorder: When It Happens & What It Feels Like.” WebMD, WebMD, www.webmd.com/anxiety-panic/guide/mental-health-social-anxiety-disorder.