Just knowing that I have conversation topics to fall back on significantly reduces my anxiety.
When it comes to the date itself, I often panic about the physical manifestations of social anxiety. There’s not much you can do when your face is bright red, other than hope your date is attracted to rosy complexions.
on a Thursday and I’m sitting across the table from a human male.
What’s more: this handsome, well-mannered and interesting man is my date for the evening.
I manage my anxiety using a few methods that have worked for me, but many people with anxiety seek help from health professionals, which can be very effective. The prospect of approaching a good-looking stranger in person fills me with absolute horror. When I’m messaging a match on Tinder or Hinge, I feel more confident and reassured just knowing that I talk to a member of the opposite sex without blushing or feeling sick.