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  • Writer's pictureGillian Armstrong

A blog about social anxiety and how it effects me!!

Updated: Jul 8, 2023

Social anxiety

social anxiety and mental health

My Inspiration from my 13 year old.

I wanted to write a quick little blog to say I actually managed to go out with my husband last night. Not such a big deal to most but to me it is.

I have suffered with going out socially for some time now. I am fine at work and speak to many new people daily in my job and love it.

But something about the pressure of getting dressed and meeting people out for drinks and or food has made me physically ill at times.

My husband is very sociable and has been so patient - New Year as an example I did manage to get dressed up to meet friends. I ended up being sick and ended up driving my husband to meet our friends and I stayed at home, feeling terrible.

This is just one of the many times I have bailed on a night out and let down friends and family.

My daughter was my inspiration on Saturday when her wonderful analogy she gave me.

She linked me going out to her being terrified to go on a scary BIG ride at the fair where we were recently. Although ( she said ) she was afraid, she went on the ride and pushed herself. Then afterwards she loved it. That much she wanted to do it again!

So to me she tells me that although it may scare me getting out. She said do it and I bet you will have such a good time and you will want to do it again. I just love her.

I went out and did enjoy myself. I was shaking waiting for a taxi and a bit uncomfortable when we were first seated in the restaurant then I managed to relax and enjoy our wonderful meal at Turknaz which I highly recommend.

I am going to try and reach out to those I have let down and try my best to try and get out, even once a month and see some of the people I have not seen in such a long time.

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