Some people have flourished during the COVID-19 lockdowns in their homes and some have discovered it to be troublesome and burdening. Regardless of where you fall on this scale, something that is noticeable as lockdown limitations is facilitated is the new inclination of social tension.
Social nervousness is the inclination of exceptional uneasiness or dread of being judged, contrarily assessed, or dismissed in a social or execution circumstance. This may happen when confronted with occasions, for example, going out for supper with your companions, meeting new individuals at a gathering or occasion, or going to the grocery store to purchase staple goods. As per BeyondBlue, one-fourth of Australians will encounter a nervous condition in the course of their life. Regardless of whether COVID-19 lockdowns have changed this measurement in any capacity is at present obscure, anyway, there is an expanded shared characteristic among individuals who are straightforwardly talking about their post lockdown social tension.
Now, as public places reopen, a new type of anxiety has started to appear: social anxiety. Social situations that you once enjoyed might put you on edge now. Months of staying home may have also made any social anxiety you had before even worse.
We are here with some tips on how to manage social anxiety during this transitional period.
Manage what can be managed
there are a lot of things you can’t control that cause you fear and anxiety – but there are some things you can manage or plan for. Having an action plan for managing things you might find difficult can help.
Go slowly and be patient
First, you don’t want to go back to your normal life full speed ahead. Chances are you can’t anyway as places reopen with new guidelines to keep everyone safe.
Start by visiting public areas where you feel the most comfortable and ease into the rest. If you’re concerned about going to work, talk to your supervisor and take advantage of any opportunities to continue working at least some of your hours at home.
Focus on the present
you can only do your best with what you have today. With regulations changing frequently, and lots of conflicting media discussions, try and keep a focus on the moment. Mindfulness meditation is one way of bringing your mind back to the present moment.
Find ways to reduce stress at home
When you’re not out around other people, make sure you’re finding ways to take care of yourself and relieve stress at home. This will help prepare your mind and body for each trip outside.
Manage Your Time
Randomizing schedule by doing so many tasks at the same time is the reason for stress at work or during studies. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritize and diarize your tasks.
Make a list of all the things that you need to do and list them in order of genuine priority. Note what tasks you need to do personally and what can be delegated to others to do. Record which tasks need to be done immediately, in the next week, in the next month, or when time allows.
Mindfulness is a mind-body approach to life that helps us to relate differently to experiences. It involves paying attention to our thoughts and feelings in a way that increases our ability to manage difficult situations and make wise choices
Try to practice mindfulness regularly
Mindfulness meditation can be practiced anywhere at any time, it can reduce the effects of stress, anxiety and related problems such as insomnia, poor concentration and low moods etc.
Make Time for Hobbies
You need to set aside time for things you enjoy. Try to do something every day that makes you feel good and comfortable, and it will help relieve your stress. Relaxing hobbies include things like:
Doing an art project
Watching a movie
Playing cards and board games
Talk to Someone
Talking things through with a friend, work colleague, or even a trained professional, can help you find solutions to your stress and put your problems into perspective.
Don’t be too hard on yourself
Try to keep things in perspective.
Remember that having a bad day is a universal human experience
When your inner critic or an outer critic finds faults, try and find truth and exception to what is being said
If you stumble or feel you have failed, don’t beat yourself up
Act as if you were your own best friend: be kind and supportive
Take a few minutes each day to appreciate yourself.