Anxiety Is Not Me

Julia. 22 years old. Boston. 
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  • I can easily slip back into relapse. Sometimes I wake up and I have to force myself to leave the house. I gotta stay 4 steps ahead of myself at all times.

    Heyy, do you have an advice on making new friends when you have bad anxiety? I'm moving into a new student apartment with 5 people I don't know and I really want to make friends with these people as all the rest of my friends have already finished college :/

    Asked by Anonymous


    Making friends with anxiety is really hard, I wish I had made more of an effort to do so in college but I can tell you some tips I learned.

    1. Join a club/org on campus. This will help you find people that share similar interests
    2. Look friendly. I had people tell me that I look mean so that’s why they never approach me. I think it will help if you smile when you see someone familiar or just look up at people with friendly eye contact.
    3. Introduce yourself. This is really hard, but you can start with the people in your apartment,start a conversation and focus on the things that you share in common and that makes you more relaxed to talk about.
    4. You can always practice! I do this a lot. If I plan on being more social I tend to practice what I’m going to say and this helps me when I get too anxious.
    5. Don’t lock yourself up in the room, get out and be involved with your new roommates. Maybe you can ask them to go to the cafe together or just talk about classes. 

    Hope this helps! 

    So the downside of this job: working there for almost 2 months and no payments yet. Apparently we get paid once a month and it takes about 2-3 weeks for the insurance companies to process your billing paperwork. I love this job but I might have to find something else. Aint no body got time to be getting paid once a month. 

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