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When socialising makes you nervous…

Whether we’re aware of it or not we all feel shame about some aspect of ourselves. Shame is an emotion that makes us want to hide/run away/cover up. This affects our interactions with others. Some of us feel painstakingly shy, others compensate by being the life of the party. There’s a reason why alcohol is so popular at social events.

If you are socialising this weekend and you get in touch with some part of it that makes you nervous, be kind to yourself. Instead of telling yourself, “I’m so awkward”, remember that we are all “awkward”! It takes us some time to figure out how to be together.

If you feel nervous in social situations, you can support yourself with deep inhales and slow exhales. Make eye contact with people you don’t know and smile. After a while, the strangers won’t seem so scary anymore. They’re just people…like you and like me.

What are your main worries when you socialise? How do you support yourself?

With love,

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Emma Hogg, Founder of A Life I Choose

Hi! As it says above, I'm Emma. I’m a psychotherapist who lives, breathes and eats the science of joyfulness, wellness and achievement. All the work I do is fuelled by my deep wish to belong to a world where people actively choose their lives! A person without choice is an unhappy individual. A person who passionately and resiliently lives their purpose experiences joy and fulfilment daily. If you’re like me and you see that the more people are consciously engaging in life, the happier our world will be, then we need you to be a beacon of this message by living it! My blog is one of my ways of creating dialogue with you, so that together, we can have a greater impact on our world. x

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