They are finally here… days of good cheer, Christmas parties, and lots of time with family and friends!
But for some people, these days are very difficult.
Those who suffer from social anxiety can become very uncomfortable at social gatherings. Social anxiety is the fear of social situations that involve interaction with other people. You could say that social anxiety is the fear and anxiety of being negatively judged and evaluated by other people. It is a pervasive disorder and causes anxiety and fear in most all areas of a person’s life. In fact, it takes an incredible effort just to walk through the door.
If you struggle with social anxiety, you are not alone. In fact, everyone has a certain amount of anxiety they face daily. Others have learned ways to cope with their anxiety, and you can too!
You don’t need to dread the holidays. Instead, focus on the reason we celebrate Christmas. God reached out to His people who were suffering and in fear and gave them Good News. He took action to give them peace, joy, and hope! He does the same thing for you this season as well.
Remember, if you suffer from social anxiety, there is hope. Social anxiety is not permanent, and we can walk with you as you grow stronger. Our counselors have a heart for helping people. Reach out for help today using our web form.
May you and your family have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Rev. Mike Moreno – Mental Health Practitioner for Lutheran Family Service