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PhoenixDown

837d

Going to the grocery store has always been difficult for me. Anyone know strategies for calming down when you're in public around too many people and feel yourself starting to freak out?

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    • Nadia_c_art

      836d

      For me I usually will have my headphones on in like every store I go in and have music playing. I just focus on the lyrics of the song rather than the people. I also try to be in and out. I hope this helps.

    • ferngully

      836d

      try to imagine you’re a background character in one of your favorite movies or tv shows, like if you weren’t there the scene would be incomplete.

    • Lady_Bug

      836d

      I have this same problem it is big ordeal every place I go I will try wearing my air pods to the store next time though see how it goes

    • goodjobjacqueline

      836d

      I have two tactics. First, if I can get someone to go with me that helps a ton. A buffer person. Or, if that's not an option, I pop in my earbuds and listen to a podcast or some music. Helps keep my mind occupied. I do prefer to go early or later when less people are shopping 👀👀👀

    • kitkattherat

      836d

      It helps me a lot to make a list of what I need and grab those things first. After that, to try and push myself a little, I will walk through a couple other isles and try to focus on the stuff I see on the shelves, not the people.

    • toodlebugs

      836d

      I either go at night or when they first open, the crowds can be a little much. Also wearing big comfy clothes helps me feel a little more “hidden” when i’m really anxious. Walking back to an calm empty section until i’m ready to continue shopping also helps, having a “safe” place in the store is important

    • Ari22

      836d

      Go within the first two hours of them opening

    • Ari22

      836d

      Try counting down and walking away

    • Nadia_c_art

      836d

      For me I usually will have my headphones on in like every store I go in and have music playing. I just focus on the lyrics of the song rather than the people. I also try to be in and out. I hope this helps.

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