(Closed) Social Anxiety Sufferer (Long)

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
1856 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ve had issues with social anxiety in the past and really found that therapy was helpful in learning how to deal with it, so I’m glad to hear you’re seeing someone!

It’s *hard* to stop your brain from taking the story and running with it – but you do need to learn how to think about things logically and focus on the ‘now’. For me, if one little bad thing happened, my mind would run off onto the worst paths, just like you: there was a fight, this person would hate me, they wouldn’t be in my life anymore, everything was ruined. It took a lot of work to figure out how to say “Okay, there was a fight. That was bad. But that’s it.” Of course there are all kinds of possibilities to how this situation can go, but at least one of those possibilities is that it’s going to blow over, and get resolved. In fact, that’s probably the most likely. But I know it’s hard to actually think that way when your mind doesn’t want to.

It sounds like you can’t actually sort out the housing situation right now. Can you and your therapist come up with some ways of making this situation more manageable for you? It’s hard for me to suggest anything without details, but if you’re comfortable sharing them with your therapist, I’m sure he/she will have some ideas.

My other suggestion is to ensure you’re taking care of yourself. Therapy can actually really burn you out emotionally, but hopefully in the end it’s going to help you feel revitalized and better able to cope with everything. You really should try and get a good night’s rest (I know, easier said than done) and ensure you’re eating properly. I find that my anxiety gets a lot worse when I’m exhausted and feeling like crap.

Take care of yourself!

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