So I am on session 7 and I just wanted opinions on my approach to overcoming anxiety. So I consider my social anxiety moderate. It’s not a really extreme case and so not every social situation makes me anxious. I don’t know how to go step by step. I kinda have been just going with the flow of my life and trying to stay calm and be rational along the way. There are a few things that cause me higher amounts of anxiety that I have chosen not to approach yet because I don’t want to flood myself.
I feel that talking on the phone when other people are around listening, causes me more anxiety then just talking on the phone when no one else is around. But it also depends on who I’m talking on the phone with. Also, being the center of attention, or presenting in front of a lot of people makes me really anxious. And being with certain people that I feel inferior or intimidated by make me anxious. These are the highest extremes of my SA. My past experiences with certain people have led me to feel anxious around them now because I have made myself believe that they were judging me negatively when in reality it was only my irrational ANTS lies trying to fool me. I am trying to be more rational but I didn’t know how to approach this step by step. I know that the therapy doesn’t have to be done in a perfect way but I was just wondering if just going with the flow with situations that cause me moderate anxiety is okay. I haven’t done anything that hs reached the high levels yet.
And also just to add, I had a very interesting dream last night. In my dream, I was using slow talk with someone and I was telling myself to calm down in my dream and to take the situation slowly. I wonder if this is just coincidental or if it is a sign or progress? Lol :-)