What to do about social anxiety?
February 12, 2011 2:04 PM Subscribe
Orlando adventure update and please share some tips for loneliness
posted by srbrunson to human relations (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Recently asked for tips going into Orlando and some of you said you wanted to know what happened.
Well, after a week of living in my car a man answered my ad on Craigslist for a cook/lt housekeeping in exchange for room and board. We met in a public place and I trust him.
He is probably in his early 60s used to be a federal agent for the government, has two degrees in criminal justice and has worked for a lawyer's office for 20 some odd years doing research. I have been here two nights and he has been courteous, albeit a bit distant, which is preferred to someone trying to chase you around the room getting frisky.
He lives in an absolutely gorgeous home in Winter Park and I have the upstairs pretty much to myself. A couple of jobs are in the workings, so hopefully by midweek I will be among the employed again.
The biggest challenge I have is loneliness. I am very shy when dealing with others on a personal level. Probably a type of social anxiety. As long as I am interacting on a professional level all is fine. As a result, when I try to make friends it is incredibly painful. So often I just stick to myself until the loneliness builds up.
So, those of you who have suffered similar issues- how did you change and become relaxed around others?