When you are shopping, you are told to stand back on the red line. You feel ashamed for not seeing it in the first place. Do you wear your mask when going for a walk out in the open at all times, or just when you are going to walk past another person? Will someone shout at you if your mask accidentally falls below your nose before you realise? The list goes on...
We've all seen the stats around this pandemic regarding anxiety... This pandemic has taken its toll!
Here are some tips for those that are trying to work their anxiety;
Set a realistic intention when you venture out in public of what to expect and what fears other people are just projecting onto you.
If you stand too close to someone accidentally, understand that there is no way you did this on purpose and forgive yourself... Shame over self-blame is doing you no good.
Curb the urge to seek reassurance from others that you are doing the right thing. Getting reassurance reinforces the belief that if we do everything right, we will avoid criticism. Need I say more?
It is natural and inevitable that we will feel uncomfortable in uncertain social situations. It sounds silly, but try to embrace the discomfort and don't be shy to speak up about it! Chances are, you are making someone else much more comfortable as they are feeling the same.
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