April 9, 2020 | 2 min read

Insecurities

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               Sometimes, we wonder how some people were able to conduct public speaking without breaking a sweat. We thought it would be a piece of cake because they make it seem so easy but then when we put ourselves in their shoes, our claims were contradicted. Social anxiety is a disorder where nervousness can be triggered during a certain situation. This disorder occurs mostly to teenagers which may be due to academic problems, bullying, and fear of judgement.

               As a high school student, social anxiety has always been one of my major flaws. Engaging in social interactions with my classmates isn’t really my cup of tea as it leaves me exhausted and drained and being isolated from a big group in a quiet environment is my preference. Having assigned to a group project makes me feel uncomfortable and I would wish that I can go back to my own comfort zone where nobody would bother me. Whenever I was placed in a certain situation, my inner voice kept haunting inside of my head, picturing an imaginative scenario that escalates my negativity on how I see things. Endless questions of what-ifs keep playing like a broken record as I was busy worrying about how others view me as a person. If you’re in the same situation, then you’re not alone. The best way to overcome this struggle is to suck it up. Being too engrossed and focused on how others see you will only convince you that your identity is based on their judgment. When you’re at home, seek your parents’ advice because they might’ve experienced the same situation. Furthermore, to provide a helpful tip for you, try to write down the line of script that comes into your mind whenever you encounter different situations as a way to let out your pent-up emotions.

             To be able to survive in an incorporated world is to accept reality. Do not let the judgment of others manipulate you and bring you down and instead, focus on what’s lying ahead of you. It’s best not to waste your time on how others perceive you because they have no right to make up rules on what you should be.

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