For some of us, raving and being around lots of people can actually be quite a challenge - more of a challenge than we may care to admit. The mere thought of encountering an environment where there are hundreds, if not thousands of people, and lots of potential social interactions can fill some people with dread.
Add in the fact that a lot of people will be inebriated and less aware of personal space, and you’ve got the perfect storm for rave-induced social anxiety. A natural consequence of being introverted or shy, or perhaps related to a past trauma.
Here’s a few simple tools can help alleviate your angst, so take heed and remember: you’re not alone.
TALK ABOUT IT
Being honest and open with your friends will 1) get you some support and 2) take the pressure off you.
PARTY WITH PEOPLE YOU TRUST
Hanging out with people who don’t trigger your anxiety, and who can support you is essential.
FACE YOUR FEAR
With the assistance of your close friends, get yourself out there. The more you train your mind that its worries aren’t as bad as they seem, the more confidence you’ll build.
If the thought of a huge club night puts you on the verge of a panic attack, then start small and attend less crowded events.
BREATHE / TAKE TIME OUT
If you’re overwhelmed on a night out, tell your friends, find some space and breathe deeply for a while. Don’t suffer in silence.
AVOID EXTERNAL CRUTCHES
Building mental resilience and confidence is key here, so reliance on substances is a no no, because it can lead to addiction.
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