The usual go-to response to admitting you have social anxiety is something along the lines of: “Calm down, you’re fine.” But you aren’t. These are ways to handle your social anxiety in a productive and self-accepting manner, that will ease your stress in the moment and make even anticipating the feeling much more manageable.
If someone has never experienced an intense trauma which can trigger panic attacks after the fact, chances are they won’t fully understand the importance of trigger warnings on potentially damaging content. This is the number one thing I want people to learn about PTSD and triggers – they’re real, and dismissing them is dangerous.
Rather than simply notice I felt a bit sick, I’d react to it. The more I thought about how unpleasant the feeling was, the worse the feeling became.
It starts off as an inexplicable spark in the hollow pit of your stomach.
I have to learn to forgive myself for all of my bad days. For the days where I don’t want to do anything but lie in bed and stare at the walls. For the days where I don’t do anything but press my body further towards my mattress, wanting everything to go away. I’m slowly learning to forgive myself for when I can’t see the light. For when all I see is darkness.
You let your anxiety win by giving away your power.
The trouble with anxiety, with people who have anxiety, is we need time.
If you’re neurotic, chances are you regularly deal with your friends and family teasing you about it sometimes. When it’s an anxiety disorder, it can actually interfere with your relationships and at work.
You feel incredibly tired, like you could sleep for days straight. Those fifteen minutes consumed every bit of your strength.
People with anxiety don’t back down. We don’t stop. We don’t give up. Even when we have three panic attacks in a row. Even when we have to go to the ER just for someone to convince us that we aren’t dying. Even when we have to change medications over and over again.