Have you ever been in a situation where you are at a loss for words and don’t know what to say? Maybe you are just a bit nervous or feel that you can’t contribute much to the conversation. Well, that is me in pretty much all big social gatherings.
For a long time, I had the impression of what I had to say was not important or valued when I am around big gatherings. Whether that be with family, friends or co-workers. This has gotten better over the years as my confidence has boosted and I know my worth. Though social anxiety still plagues me to this day.
Social anxiety is it at its core a mental health issue in which a person fears they are being watched/judge by others in social interactions. Albeit this fear is mostly irrational, but is a real issue for many of us. I experience in big groups due to my speech impediment that comes out every now and again and the fear of having to repeat myself (needless to say I cannot have a conversation in a loud atmosphere).
I find comfort in Philippians 4:6-7 , when these situations arise and I believe would be good to put into practice for those of us who have social anxiety or a phobia of speaking with others.
To hear more about social anxiety and its relation to the anime series “Komi Can’t Communicate”, listen to out podcast episode about it here!