There Is Hope!
I'm overcoming my anxiety, and it's surprising. It's been happening in small steps that lead to big change... For example, I now can go to the grocery store on a busy Sunday afternoon without much trouble. This is huge for me!! How did I do it? Each week I decided to go shopping just a little earlier in the evening. I started putting myself in the environments I've been avoiding, slowly, and getting used to seeing more people. Over time I'm starting to worry less about what they're doing and thinking and just enjoying the moment I'm in and focusing on what I'm there to do.
Now instead of hiding at home on the weekends, I call a friend and ask to spend time together or go somewhere I've been invited. I have a new job where I get to talk to customers and it makes me feel connected to my community. My next goal is to start volunteering somewhere.
I wanted to share this as my second story because a couple months ago I would have never believed I'd make it this far in such a short amount of time. There really is hope to get better. I know everyone is different but what helped me personally is learning to love my quirks, recognizing that I'm not the only one who is shy or self conscious at times, and allowing myself to enjoy and live my life instead of avoiding it! Changing my perspective came from within and also from my surroundings.
My challenge to you is to take a risk this week. Go out and do something that you've been wanting to do. It could be calling a family member to say hi and catch up. Maybe it's going to the park and watching the wildlife and people, even from inside your car. Or maybe stopping by the laundromat or visiting the library. Try something new! Anything! And don't give up.