Being a mom is difficult all on its own, but throw social anxiety into the mix and, sometimes, it's damn near impossible. Between normal worries about everyday things and the unforgiving spectrum of things you worry about when you have anxiety, daily life can be a struggle. As with anything, though, there are certain things every mom with social anxiety just has to overcome. It's not easy, but we have to deal for the sake of our kids (and, honestly, ourselves).
When I was a new mom, I thought I would be perfectly content to stay cloistered in my house with my new baby every single day for the foreseeable future. After that blissful postpartum period was over, I realized how wrong I was. I had to get out of the house. I was going stir crazy and my kid needed to see something other than my face and our ceiling. However, even wandering the aisles at Target made me uncomfortable. My social anxiety was in full-effect and I just knew everyone I passed was secretly judging everything about me; from my shoes to my baby to my diaper bag.
Leaving my house was not an enjoyable experience by any stretch of the imagination, but I soldiered through that first outing. Lo and behold, it got a little easier the next time. And the next time. And the next time. It was and never will be completely effortless, because social anxiety is always there, but I built up a little resistance to it, along with the following situations: