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.What’s more, we haven’t been consistently socialising with our friends in such a long time – and Kristy says this is bound to be a key reason why hangxiety is peaking.She adds: ‘After so long being kept away from social situations, there has been a huge rise in social anxiety.
‘People feel as though they have forgotten how to socialise, and there is also an underlying anxiety around getting back to normal, or the prospect of another lockdown.‘People are enjoying socialising again, and alcohol is playing a part in that. But it’s a double edged sword.
‘It helps to relax those that may be feeling anxious in going out and mixing in public again. However, it also leads to a rise in hangxiety, which can sometimes last for days. This then amplifies anxious feelings for the next social interaction.’Social anxiety and being more introspective (following lockdown) could be reasons behind it (Picture: Getty) headtopics.com
Alongside this social anxiety element, Floss Knight – a psychotherapist and founding director ofUK Therapy Guide– offers another reason why we’re struggling with it at the moment.This is because lockdown – and considerable amounts of time on our own – has made us more insular and self-reflective than we previously were.
She says: ‘The pandemic has encouraged many people to be more introspective.’Essentially, this might mean we are being too hard on ourselves and overthinking our actions.Floss adds: ‘This self-reflection can be positive but it’s important to check in and recognise how you’re feeling. Why are you worried? Will you feel better if you write these concerns down?’Read more: Metro »
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