Ive struggled with social anxiety for many years now. I get anxiety when i feel others are judging me. This causes me to look suspicious and others to judge me even more. For example, when i go to the store looking nervous it causes the store workers to check on me and look at me suspiciously because they think im shoplifting. It makes me feel horrible about myself and it makes it hard for me to go shopping. Also I do tutoring and work with kids and recently I had lots of anxiety and it made the parents look at me suspiciously and check on me a lot. Now I dont feel as comfortable tutoring and I avoid sitting close to the student or touching anything that is near the student because im afraid the parents will walk into the room and think im doing something wrong. This causes me to be super hypervigilant. Also when the parents walk into the room sometimes i startle and it makes them wonder if im doing anything wrong which gives me even more anxiety even though i know im not doing anything wrong.
Also i get anxiety whenever someone talks about something that is bad and i worry that they will think that bad thing about me because i panicked while they were talking about it.
Anyone experience the same thing? How did you overcome it? I feel stuck and i feel bad about myself because of the suspicious looks i get even though im not doing anything wrong.
I used to get that a lot. I sort of built a wall around me where L do my own thing and don't worry too much about others. I just focus on the task in hand. Believe me l suffered much as you did in the past. I do still hate shopping. I find having a list helps. Then it's easier to focus.
Thanks that gives me hope
Me too. I made a list before going shopping. It really helps,both in managing my budget (buy only things I need for the week) and to focus on what I really need. Mostly because I tend to forget a lot of things, I used to ended up buying things I don't need.