Strategies for uncomfortable social situations
Social anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder that involves intense fear or anxiety of social situations. It is characterised by a fear of being judged by others or of embarrassing oneself in front of others. People with social anxiety may worry excessively about how they are perceived by others and may avoid social situations or interactions as a result.
Symptoms of social anxiety may include:
Being a mum of school aged kids, a common social anxiety I come across is that of social anxiety at the school gates. It is not uncommon for parents to feel socially anxious at school gates or in other social situations involving their children. This can be due to a variety of factors, such as fear of being judged by other parents or fear of not fitting in with a particular group.
With a new school year just a few weeks away, how many of you are dreading drop off/pick up time? If you are a parent who feels socially anxious at the school gates here are my top 3 tips to help you to reduce your anxiety and feel more comfortable in these situations: