This past weekend was my birthday and I wept for two hours because lately I feel like my social anxiety is so bad, it's overwhelming my circuits and things are spilling over in the worst possible way…All I do is try to control social situations before I enter them, rerun situations in my head after-the-fact, and vent to my friends ad nauseam about whatever social faux pas I feel like I've most recently done…I am worried that I am becoming annoying, but I can't stop. What can I do to alleviate this social anxiety? I know the simple answer is to try not to care, but that feels impossible right now.
Great post and solid feedback. Learning to be OK with a new "you" is not easy, but so necessary. We all deserve a fair amount of grace for figuring out how to be with people again. It's a work in progress. And thanks for letting me offer a few simple quotes to be included!