Christmas season is in full swing, which means people are busy planning and participating in holiday parties with friends, families, and co-workers. Holiday gatherings are great fun for many people, but some people experience severe anxiety at the prospect of having to socialize at these events.
Last week, I examined nine ways to manage anxiety in your everyday life. This week, I want to take a closer look at social events in particular and how to overcome the anxiety they may present.
Social Anxiety Disorder
Those who suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder get incredibly nervous when they are required to engage with (or simply be around) other people in a public setting. There are several different reasons a person might develop Social Anxiety Disorder, such as a history of bullying, sexual abuse, or serious family conflict. Their social anxiety typically becomes even more pronounced in two types of situations:
With the large number of Christmas gatherings most people attend during the holidays, it’s easy to see why those with Social Anxiety Disorder face extra challenges this time of year. As a limited licensed psychologist in Michigan, here are a few of the things I recommend to help combat Social Anxiety Disorder during the holidays: