With COVID still being a very real issue we’re tackling, and our government’s plans being a prime example of why we are still suffering, many of us are starting to experience a decline in our mental health. Social anxiety for so many is much more than just ‘being shy of the outdoors’; it is a very real condition that affects someone’s self-confidence, relationships, and everyday tasks. However, with our tips on how to deal with social anxiety post-COVID, we can help ease those emotions ever so slightly, and show you that your feelings are completely valid.
With constant changes to our lifestyles seeming to happen more often than we like, it can be hard to keep up with what the new rules are. However, although normal life tasks tend to get in the way of things most of the time, the most important thing you can do it prioritise yourself if you are dealing with social anxiety post-COVID. Make sure to look after your body by ensuring you are getting enough sleep and staying hydrated, especially during the winter months. If your body is telling you to relax and rest your mind for the day, listen to it. You know yourself better than anyone else, and it is super important to recognise when to let your body to calm down. Although simple-seeming tasks such as taking a shower or doing a face mask might not seem to be super significant at the start, they can actually begin to help you feel more resilient and in control of your feelings.
The slower the better
Dealing with social anxiety post-COVID isn’t an overnight fix, as much as we wish it was, and so it’s much better to take baby steps in being able to work with it rather than leaping straight ahead and working against it. Let’s say you’re not quite ready to go out clubbing with your friends again, or shopping with your family – that’s completely okay! Try going for a walk around your house, or to a nearby park, and pay close attention to your surroundings; by listening to the birds or smelling the fresh air, your senses are focused on something else, which will help alleviate some of the anxiety you’re feeling.
Getting it all out
We’re sure that you have probably seen all the generic articles about writing down your feelings when you’re in a lower mood, and it’s very easy for us to think that it will never work. However, by training your brain to write down your emotions whilst they are at their highest is one of the best ways to rationalise your thoughts. Especially if you find it hard to communicate verbally with others how you are feeling, then getting it all out on paper is just one way to recognise your internal emotions, and express them in an external manner.
Focus on the present
With COVID starting in 2020 and looking likely to continue into the next year, it’s very easy to focus on the uncertainty of the future. We had our loved one and careers to think about, which has definitely opened our eyes to the prospects that anything can happen. The fact is that, however, we are not in control of what can happen in the future, so worrying about it will easily cause more harm than good. By concentrating on the present, and doing what makes you happy in real time, it is a great way to practice mindfulness and appreciate what you still have.