Everybody wants to live their lives to the fullest, but when you have social anxiety, it's easier said than done. Social anxiety symptoms pop up at the most inopportune times, and can really thwart any attempts at a social life. People deal with whatever level of social awkwardness they possess in their own ways, but there are many experiences that most people dealing with social phobia have been through. The struggle is real, but you're not alone out there.
Some of your best times happened when you went out in spite of yourself.
The best way to work through anxiety is live in spite of it. Not all of it will be sunshine and rainbows, but the good parts will be great.
The people you're with make all the difference.
A lot of anxiety comes from lack of control, and one of the best things you can do is to surround yourself with things and people that are compassionate and care about you. Anything is possible with a good support system.
Your body turns excitement into anxiety without your permission.
It can be really easy to be consumed by your anxiety. When fear becomes a part of your everyday life it can even start taking over good feelings. There's a really thin line between excitement and anxiety, and not being able to tell the difference can flat-out suck.
Making plans means you'll have something enjoyable to stress about for a week.
While it seems like planning ahead would give you more control, if you have an overactive mind, it just gives you time to obsess.