The condition can present itself during any social situation; from everyday interactions at work, school and even while shopping, to social events, including parties and activities with peers.
Some of the emotional symptoms of social anxiety can involve feelings of embarrassment or shame, panic attacks, a fear of being perceived in a negative light, and feeling foolish.
Practicing yoga and meditation can be great for reducing anxiety symptoms, but I've also found that going for a brisk walk or a run empties my head of anxious thoughts.
Unless you’re on a date with a truly horrible person, chances are that a) they won’t notice and b) if they do notice, they won’t like you any less.
Dating is fun, and you shouldn't have to rule it out because of your social anxiety. If you suffer from anxiety and would like to seek help or advice, Anxiety UK offers support, help and information.
I’m 27 years old and I’d like to make sure I don’t waste my young years feeling anxious.
And, just like Bridget Jones, I too am haunted by the image of dying alone and being eaten by pet alsatians.
It’s frustrating, but I’m learning to live with it.