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Social Anxiety 101

So hi there! As you may or may not know, I have social anxiety (which is not fun when you go to a very large school). I’m not sure how it feels to others to have social anxiety, but I’m going to be writing a piece to kinda sum up how the mc with social anxiety would be feeling in some situations.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor, and I am not a poster child for social anxiety. What I feel may or may not be a common experience. If you identify with what the mc is feeling, go see a doctor or something, idk.

Scenario One: You’re sitting with a group of friends when you finish a pot of yoghurt. There’s a bin a few metres away from you, but the place you’re sitting is very crowded. There are so many people that could judge you, and look at you. You could make a fool of yourself going to the bin, like you could trip over or you could have food on your shirt. You feel sick and dizzy. You decide not to go to the bin, and when your friend gets up, you ask if they can put the empty yoghurt pot in the bin.

Scenario Two: One of your friends recently went through a breakup. They’re getting lots of support, and they ask you and some of your friends to meet them out in the courtyard before school tomorrow so you can all talk. The courtyard is the biggest area in the school, and it’s always jam-packed with people. You get there and you can see the breakup friend and your friends through the crowd of people. You feel like you’re gonna throw up. You can’t imagine walking through all those people. Your friends are really loud, and all the people are really loud, and you’re getting pretty overwhelmed. You know if you don’t get away, something very bad is going to happen, so you run away. (I FEEL SO GUILTY ABOUT THIS CAUSE IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED)

So that’s how I feel in those scenarios. If anyone else has social anxiety here, tell me how you’d feel- it’d be pretty interesting. I might do some more of these if people like it ;P

Byeeeeeeee <3

also how fitting is it that the acronym for social anxiety disorder is S.A.D.

11 comments

strangergab

Hey! I also classify as someone with a social anxiety and scenario 1 I could absolutely relate to! I always feel really embarrassed and like people are always judging me and watching my every move so before classes I wait for my friends because of an incident last year when I was walking to class and this kid in year 10 (I was in year 7) tried scaring me and teasing me on my way to class and now whenever I walk and am coming up to his friendship group I either run off or run past so I don’t see him. I also get it in the city a lot when I see crowds of people and it just makes me feel overwhelmed. This post made me glad to see I’m not the only one!
strangergab

1st Apr, 19
indiaaqua

Oh thank you! You’ve made my day, I’m happy to know I’m not the only one either :D

1st Apr, 19
indiaaqua

In reply to indiaaqua

Well I’m happy that I’m not alone, not happy that other people suffer too lol

1st Apr, 19
strangergab

In reply to indiaaqua

Hehe!! I get what you mean 😂

1st Apr, 19
bookwithbane

I don't have social anxiety, but I do certainly feel self-conscious at times and play things up a lot! I'm sure many people feel the same as I do, but I just remember my 15 seconds of courage and take a deep breath.

1st Apr, 19
indiaaqua

What are 15 seconds of courage?

2nd Apr, 19
bookwithbane

In reply to indiaaqua

It's something I learnt from a movie and another blogger. When you're worried about something, taking too long. Overthinking. Take a deep breath and then force yourself to feel courage for 15 seconds and do whatever you're supposed. By the time the seconds are up, you'e either done it, or you're in too deep to stop

2nd Apr, 19
indiaaqua

In reply to bookwithbane

Oh okay. I’m gonna try it, thanks for the tip :D

2nd Apr, 19
jayay

Don't worry friend, we can be anxious children together!
(Literally both of those situations have happened to me more than I can count.)

6th Apr, 19
indiaaqua

Lol, my post is #relatable

7th Apr, 19
jayay

In reply to indiaaqua

Lol yep

7th Apr, 19