Dealing With Social Anxiety

I am a natural introvert. When I was younger, I had selective mutism, which means that I couldn’t speak to certain people or in certain situations. I couldn’t even talk to my own uncle until I was a teenager. I have been working for my whole entire life trying to work through social anxiety issues that I’ve carried from my childhood, but even to this day, I still find that I sometimes have trouble. This is why I love writing so much. I feel that I have so many good thoughts in my head, but I often have trouble expressing them verbally or out loud.

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Although this issue still often reappears in my life, I cannot express to you how much I have grown from that scared little girl who use to hide in my mother’s coat. Other than the fact that I am able to get up in front of groups of strangers almost every day and teach, but I now feel quite confident in my ability to stand up for myself in most situations.

The things that I still often struggle with are large parties/events and meeting new people. I can’t really explain the feeling I get when I have an event to go to, or I know that I’ll be meeting someone new. Its a little different than just your average nerves, and its more than just being self-conscious as well. I am in the process of working on my confidence levels, and I can tell that my hard work is paying off by all the good that has entered my life recently. Therefore, I just want to tell everyone who may also be experiencing a similar problem that you are not alone, and it is possible to overcome it.

There is a YouTuber that I follow called, Zoella (Zoe Sugg), and she suffers from panic attacks, which she has publicly shared with her followers. I was watching one of her latest vlogs, and she told us about this charity that she is now representing called Mind. This charity is based in the UK, but they do have a website that discusses a variety of mental health issues such as panic attacks or social anxiety disorders, and they are a great resource for people who are looking for guidance. She also walks around with a red button on her clothing at times, which is a symbol of this charity. Its meant to be a “don’t panic button,” and it represents the fact that there are millions of people in the world suffering from these types of mental health issues (here is the vlog where she explains it a little more in depth).

Anyway, if you feel that you have an issue anxiety, or if you even just feel like you are naturally introverted, I just want you to know that you are not alone, and this problem does not have to define you or rule your life. It is very possible to overcome, but it takes time, and its something that you have to work towards. I am living proof that social anxiety does not have to hold you back from living a full and happy life.

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Christina <3

 

 

 

 

  • Sarah Chase

    I have an anxiety disorder as well. Some days I am great with coping, and other days it overwhelms me. Thank you for sharing!

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Hi Sarah! Thank you so much for your comment!! Its definitely a tough road, I know. Thanks for reading :)

  • http://foreatssakenutrition.com For Eat’s Sake

    Thank you for the link to Mind. I’ve got some pretty aggressive social anxiety (I struggle to even hang out with people I like in public, heh).

    I never would have guessed that you have social anxiety! It’s nice to know that there are people who have overcome their anxiety and become successful. :)

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you so much for your comment, & I’m glad you found Mind helpful!! I wouldn’t have guessed from reading your posts that you had social anxiety issues either. Society definitely pushes us towards extroversion, which is probably why I personally have gotten so good at hiding it lol. Its definitely something I don’t talk about. Even to people I’m close with…hope Mind helps you out a bit more & I have a few book suggestions as well if you’re interested :)

  • Nadia Shana Krauss

    Wow! Christina. Bravo! This is a great post. Although I cannot relate to having panic attacks I can feel the love and care, the gentle encouragement in your blog post. It is beautiful. Thank you for being a light in this world.

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you so much, Nadia! I really appreciate your comment! My goal for this was definitely just to provide some more awareness to people who may be suffering from the same issue so they don’t have to feel alone in what they’re going through. Its come to my attention that a lot of people who blog suffer from social anxiety for one reason or another. Its quite common in our community, but definitely able to overcome in time :)

  • http://www.littlehousephoto.org Kelli Karr Swanner

    I am also an introvert! I don’t experience anything as serious as anxiety attacks though. I am just extremely shy. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Hi Kelli! Extreme shyness is definitely a part of it. I personally don’t experience attacks either (maybe once or twice in my life), and I’m very fortunate to not get physically sick during the anxiety issues as some often do. Thank you so much for your comment :)

  • http://www.alyxandkate.blogspot.com/ Rikki Rivera

    Oh man, this was so great for me to read! I jokingly told my husband there’s a term for my anti-social reclusiveness, introvert :). Thanks for sharing!

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      haha, thank you, Rikki!! Its so true, though!! Power to the introverts!!! lol Thanks for your comment :)

  • http://wholebodyblog.weebly.com/ GladyAnne

    Thanks for sharing this! I am just awkward in social settings and apparently I seem closed off. So somehow I’ve managed to subconsciously look closed off as to avoid the social interaction that I so desperately want even if I don’t know what to do with it. hahaha

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    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Oh my gosh, I totally get it!! lol Its so crazy, though! We crave the social interaction, but fear it at the same time. Such a weird sensation! Thanks for your comment, Glady :)

  • Katherine Beeks

    I’ve also suffered from social anxiety, something that still pops up now and again. I don’t know when introvert became a dirty word. I used to pretend to be an extrovert. It was exhausting!

    I’m so glad we’ve met. xx

    • http://thedancegrad.com/ Christina D’Arrigo

      Thank you, Katherine! I’m so glad too!!! Its definitely true! Society really favors the extroverted, and the introverts get looked down upon a bit. Glad to see that I’m not alone in this either! Thank you again for your comment :) :) xx

  • http://the-fortress.net/ Mahesha

    Hello there fellow introvert! This is a great post Christina! Thanks for the youtube recommendation as well. I need to check it out :)

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  • http://playitprettyfortheworld.wordpress.com/ Jessica Painter

    Hi.. I love this post. I have panic attacks, and anxiety. Though it is not so much social anxiety. Some people don’t understand how this makes a person feel. Thank you for sharing.

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