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That Awkward Moment When... We Turn To Socialization

I read this tweet yesterday that joked about how socially awkward we are all going to be when all of this is over. At first, I laughed. But, then I thought about all the work I have put into managing my own social anxiety over the past two years. This year, I vowed to put myself out there more. I set goals to go to more networking events and speak on more panels. I aimed to go out more with friends. I strived to push through moments where I felt socially awkward or uncomfortable in an effort to strengthen my conversational skills and diminish my social anxiety. For much of my life, my social anxiety has hindered me from doing so much. I have worked so hard to cope with my anxiety and have seen amazing results over the last year. I’m nervous about my return to socialization post-COVID19. Will I be able to pick up where I left off? Will I have to start over? Will all of my work have been for nothing? These are questions I’m currently asking myself. I’m sure I’m not alone, and I would love to hear how you all are preparing for your personal reintegration to society post-coronavirus. Any tips would be appreciated.

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