Are you ready for the awkwardness?

It’s been a while since I’ve talked about Social Anxiety, so I’m bringing the topic back because hey that’s what I’m really good at (ha!).

I’m in the process of working on a short 4-part course to help you leave Social Anxiety at home post-social-distancing because let’s face it, we’re now more anxious than ever.

I don’t know about you, but there’s a certain awkwardness happening with every encounter I have these days.

I’m constantly overthinking each interaction as it happens. My highly sensitive nature and the INFJ in me are on high alert every time I walk out of the house.

  • Am I staying far enough from this person?
  • Am I following the right protocols for this store? (WHY ARE THERE NO ENGLISH INSTRUCTIONS!)
  • Are they getting uncomfortable standing around me too long?
  • Omg, I’m about to sneeze, what do I do?!

My social anxiety is starting to ramp up.

Thank goodness I don’t have any more video calls to deal with, otherwise, I’d have a mental breakdown. But, there is one thing I’ve been telling myself lately that has helped me cope with all of this better: Preparing for the awkwardness ahead of time.

See, whenever I find myself in a conversation (with anyone these days) and the awkwardness creeps in, I start doubting myself. I start fidgeting in uncomfortableness and I stop being present. I hide away in the recesses of my own mind and try to find quick fixes to the awkwardness that’s escalating.

BUT.

When I tell myself that things will be 100% awkward (usually right before I leave my house to go somewhere where there are people), I’m more at ease and kinder to myself when a situation arises.

I find that preparing myself for the awkwardness that’s to come makes it easier to deal with. I allow myself to feel the feelings and to ride the waves as they come, instead of trying to figure out a way out of it.

It’s a slight shift in mindset but it helps tremendously.

Go ahead, welcome the awkwardness and you’ll feel so much better!

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I help other introverts become socially confident. As a former
socially anxious person, I know how hard it is to be yourself
in social situations without letting anxiety get the best of you.
I created Honestrox to provide you with the best content
to help you show up as yourself confidently.

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