As a self-professed anxious ball of anxiety, I know firsthand all the things every mom with social anxiety appreciates because, well, I've lived it. I've been there and I've done that and I have the shirt to prove it. The funny/weird/awful thing about social anxiety is, it literally doesn't give a single care as to what you want or need. Instead, it'll strike at the worst possible moment. I liken my social anxiety to annoying neighbors that let themselves inside my house just as I'm getting out of the shower (and I'm obviously dancing and singing some'90s tune). As a mom who is required to be social, that annoying neighbor visits a helluva lot more often than I would like (and usually sticks around for dinner and drinks).
I've talked openly about my battles with depression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) but I think the most relatable for of my disorders is that of the social kind. We live in a ridiculously social word where all it takes is an internet connection or a child in school and you're suddenly shoved into some kind of social obligation where it's unheard of not to be involved.
As a mother of two children at different stages (ages 10 and 5), I'm often put into frustrating situations and conversations I don't want to be part of. My mental state goes through a bit of a tantrum when I'm not feeling social but am forced to be (and I apologize to anyone on the receiving end of it), but it's a huge misconception that I can simply control any part of it. If you've experienced social anxiety you know you can't tame this beast even when you desperately want to.
Having said all of that, there are definitely things I appreciate as a mother dealing with the all-consuming anxiety that should be highlighted, and not just because I think more people should be doing the following things (although that would be nice, so please and thank you in advance).