Social Anxiety, Social Distancing and Distance Walking
- We are practicing social distancing at work. We are staggering our breaks; what once was 12 at a table, is now 3.
- This is a hassle for many people. As an introvert, I welcome this quieter area. As a person with social anxiety disorder, I am thankful to be more relaxed in the breakroom.
- Red sweating face, shaking voice, rapid heartbeat, and fear of “what if I get asked a question” loom over me during every social encounter. The what ifs and the actual symptoms paralyze me from freedom of speech and expression.
- Covid 19 will be a story we will tell our children and grandchildren about one day. Until then, we must keep our distance from crowds. We must practice social distancing. Extroverts must act as introverts, introverts can be themselves, and people with social anxiety disorder may actually have some relief from their everyday stress.
- Now the walking. Walk for yourself. Walk for your stress relief and walk in solitude to keep America strong.
Alone had always felt like an actual place to me, as if it weren’t a state of being, but rather a room where I could retreat to be who I really was.