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indigo_22

704d

how do you guys deal with really bad social anxiety? i feel like so often it holds me back from important events and times in my life. it’s the most frustrating thing feeling like i can’t even control my own body/mind sometimes.

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    • indigo_22

      699d

      @kenzerc thank you so much for this!! i think subconsciously i’ve been doing this already lol. sometimes it just makes me feel a little weird because i want to be myself more often

    • kenzerc

      703d

      I used to have a lot of social anxiety around my extended family. I found that pretending to play a character helped me a lot. I know it sounds weird but it's incredible how much it helped. It took away a lot of the fear of messing something up because I could just say "that wasn't me, that was [whatever character I was at the time]." This was something I learned from my therapist, it was sort of like a "fake it til you make it" idea. Hope this helps :)

      • indigo_22

        699d

        @kenzerc thank you so much for this!! i think subconsciously i’ve been doing this already lol. sometimes it just makes me feel a little weird because i want to be myself more often

    • aries02

      704d

      with certain jobs i’ll have a “work personality” and it’s kind of like just playing a character of who you wish you could be. i’ve found that it makes work a lot more fun when i can actually interact and have a relationship with my coworkers. but it can be mentally exhausting and when i get home i need to be alone and not communicate with anyone for a while and just relax

      • joo

        703d

        @aries02 yes.. mentally exhausting

    • Mikalah

      704d

      I go through the same thing! I can't connect with people especially my co workers. They all hang out outside of work and I am too afraid to. I'm all awkward around people and I'm afraid it makes people uncomfortable around me.

      • indigo_22

        704d

        @Mikalah maybe try to find one coworker you get along with or have more in common with and start with that. just get to know each other more and work and then work your way into the rest of the group! ik it sounds easier than it is done but i believe in you!!

        • Mikalah

          704d

          @indigo_22 That's a good idea! I feel like they all talk about me when I'm not around though.

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