There’s been some chatter around the topic of post-lockdown Social Anxiety.
I’m glad there’s finally some coverage on this. I was personally affected by post-lockdown social anxiety last year in May 2020 when the first lockdown ended, and I can see it happening in other parts of the world at the moment. I found myself completely lost and refusing to go out of the house for fear of having a conversation with someone.
Sure, it wasn’t rational, but it was real to me—my own personal conspiracy theory unfolding before my eyes. I couldn’t even comfortably make eye contact with close friends of mine. The lockdown shifted something within me, and I had to battle through it to come out on the other side, which is why I built a course around it.
And also why I’m sharing my story in different forms around the web so that others who are going through this right now can have hope that it’s temporary. Because no one mentioned that this would be a severe side-effect after experiencing the YEAR OF THE INTROVERT.
You know what I’m talking about. Everyone on the interwebs was lauding the fact that finally, introverts have it easy. That now, the world is getting a glimpse into what it’s like to be an introvert. There were memes, articles, and of course, many tweets on how introverts are having the time of their life.
But, for those who have Social Anxiety, this new world older has enhanced the feelings of inadequacy. We had SO much time to think. To be alone. To not practice our social skills (even awkwardly), that now it REALLY feels like our minds have completely shut down.
This is why this video I just published is very dear to me. Post-lockdown social anxiety is real, but there are 3 things I strongly advise you to do before walking out of the door to give yourself a quick boost in confidence. These are some of the tips I provide in my course, among many others.
I want to share them with the hope that it helps someone out there.
And even if you’re not experiencing this, I’d love for you to watch the video – I made a BEAUTIFUL b-roll (2 months in the making!) that I’m super proud of.
As we emerge from this pandemic, whenever we truly do, we’re going to see more mental health issues come to light. We’re going to experience struggles we never have before because of this unique time we’ve lived through. After months in isolation, it’s no wonder that more and more people feel the effects of anxiety as they leave their homes. Feelings that cannot be rectified simply by going on with our lives, normally, as if nothing’s happened.
If you’re feeling deep anxiety and struggling with post-lockdown life, please talk to someone you trust or seek professional help. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, our world has turned upside down, and now we must do the internal work to get it back upright.