Okay so the first list went down a treat. Which makes me both happy that I’m not alone in this and also sad for you all…
I also have to say that a lot of the things on these lists are probably relatable to pretty much anybody regardless of social anxiety. Everyone has some anxiety and as human beings we are all prone to having socially awkward moments in our lives. Of course, Social Anxiety means you probably deal with these feelings a lot more than is normal, but you should definitely keep in mind that everybody feels and goes through these things to some degree. You are not alone.
You know you have social anxiety when..
You always order things from the internet and have them delivered because you hate shops.
You’re too scared to answer the door to a parcel, so you let it go to your neighbours house instead..
You’re too scared to pick up the parcel that was left with your neighbours, because you’re too scared to knock on their door.
You order a drink or meal you didn’t really want at a restaurant, because you didn’t want to inconvenience anyone by looking at the menu properly.
You get talked over every time you try and start the same sentence, so give up.
You act as if there may be cameras in your house or ghosts watching you…. just in case.
You convince yourself that if your status/picture/comment got no ‘likes’ or replies within 5 minutes, then you’re a social media failure and everybody thinks you’re pathetic.
You go to walk across the road at traffic lights, the cars are stopped but you haven’t got the green light yet.. So you rummage through your handbag and pull out your phone to look busy.
You suddenly panic and forget your name at Starbucks.
All of your “embarrassing stories” are actually just run of the mill trivial stuff, but they still wake you up at night.
You whisper something to someone and because they didn’t hear properly, they shout it back to you, asking “IS THAT WHAT YOU SAID??”… turning your face bright red and wishing a hole would swallow you up.
JustEat was the best thing ever invented.
You spend more time in your life thinking about what to do with your hands than you do the future, or anything remotely important.
You close the curtains to do that exercise DVD, even though it’s daytime…. and you’re on the second floor.
You’re on the bus and don’t want to press the button for your stop, so you wait until the next person presses the button… no matter how far away their stop is from yours.
You love the summer because you can wear sunglasses and avoid eye contact at all times.
You hate summer because it’s too hot to cover your body from head to toe.
You watch a movie or show, then in your head make up alternative happier scenarios for the characters because you can’t even stand to watch other people have bad social encounters.
You have the cinema to yourself, then someone else comes in just as the movie is starting and you wish people would just give you some space!
Someone randomly starts talking to you and you suddenly start sweating like you’ve done a 2 hour session at the gym.
24 hour supermarkets were put here by some kind of heavenly creature, and you refuse to shop at any point before 3am.
You immediately shut down your browser when someone enters the room, then panic that they will think you were watching porn when really you were just on a social anxiety forum, re-reading your own post for the 16th time.
Your hands shake that much that if you eat soup in public there is none left on the spoon by the time it gets to your face.
You go into the toilets and there’s a queue, you don’t want to turn back but you also can’t pee knowing there’s a queue outside the cubicles. Instead you sit there for a few minutes doing nothing and then flush the toilet.
You turn down the TV when someone knocks the door so they’ll think no one is home.
You don’t know how most words are pronounced, because you never have real life conversations with other human beings.
You suddenly forget to how walk and have a mini panic attack in the street.
Your CV is a blank piece of paper with your name and address on it, in a large font.
You search every word in google before using it just in case you’ve been wrong all these years and nothing means what you think it means.
The joke isn’t funny because you’re the one telling it.
It takes you 45 minutes to practice “I’ll have a big mac and a diet coke please”.
You have a strategy of where you sit on the bus dependent on where you’re stopping and which direction you are going.
You’ve gotten so good at looking around every few seconds to make sure nobody else is looking at you, that you’re quite convinced you could 360 your head like an owl….. but you’re too anxious to try.
You’re really good at comebacks…. two days later.
You only ever get texts from Dominos Pizza.
You call your friend and they panic and think someone has died because you’re “the girl who never uses their phone”
You hear someone on the other end of the train laughing and instantly convince yourself they are laughing at you.
Your character in the Sims has more friends than you.