Social Anxiety – Struggling to get involved

I’ve been struggling with social anxiety for as long as I can remember. Whilst I am getting better at going out & socialising my anxiety still holds me back.

Recently I contacted my local community project to get involved. I figured I may be able to help spread the word about events & fundraising and maybe get to meet a few more people locally. Feeling brave I typed out a message & hit enter. I got a reply and we organised meeting up for a chat.

Izzy fell ill and I missed meeting the guy who runs the project. I contacted him to apologise and agreed to rearrange. My anxiety is preventing me from messaging again though. I’m just a small blogger who writes to pass the time especially when I’m in pain. How could I actually help?

I was also invited to the community house meetings which are on a Thursday evening. Of course I let everything get in the way so I was ‘too busy’ to go. This has annoyed me. I’m preventing myself from moving forward with the blog & getting to know more people in the community. Why? Because I’m scared. I’ve always been the weirdo’s kid, the outcast and I still feel that’s how people see me. 

Whilst my confidence has grown in some areas my personal confidence is still struggling. I know I can offer something to the community, I’m doing well with the blog but I don’t have the confidence I need to get that across. Getting to know people locally could be nice but at the same time I quite like being unnoticed. I guess I am a bit of a loner. Realistically though  I need to get out more, I need to meet more people, I need to have more confidence in myself and start getting involved more in the local community.

I’m determined to work on this but I know it’s going to be tough.

Do you have social anxiety? Do you have any confidence building tips? Has getting involved in a community project helped you overcome social anxiety?

 

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9 comments

    I suffer with it too, I get these great ideas - like you did - and then when it comes to it I just want to get out of it somehow in a panic.No idea how to deal with it at all I've been like it for years sadly.

    Pickinguptoys | 2 weeks ago Reply

      It's so stressful isn't it! I never go anywhere these days without the kids 😒

      RelentlesslyPurple | 2 weeks ago Reply

    I also suffer with anxiety, I miss out on a lot of great opportunities thanks to it, but thankfully I am starting to get better and finding ways to prevent it. Alice May Snell ♡

    Alice | 2 weeks ago Reply

    I know where your coming from here. As ive got older my anxiety has got worse and worse. The only advice I really have is to fake it when your out. Tracey Abrahams recently posted...Monday Stumble Linky #1My Profile

    Tracey Abrahams | 2 weeks ago Reply

    I feel your pain, I think I have always been socially awkward, and pull out of things at the last minute because I get very anxious. Blogging is very good for me because I can hide behind it. I really hope you find the courage to re-arrange the meeting good luck

    Nige | 2 weeks ago Reply

    I didn't use 'my voice' until my 30's -- no joke. I get it. You can break it. It's hard. I am now my true, authentic self all of the time, and life got a lot easier. xoxo #MondayStumbleUpon

    Lisa Pomerantz | 2 weeks ago Reply

      I'm glad you finally found your voice and life has got easier for you :) x

      RelentlesslyPurple | 2 weeks ago Reply

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