Valentine’s Day is around the corner. The stores, stories, news, and social media send messages about what’s supposed to happen and how it should be happening. These include sending roses, preferably red, receiving/sending tiny, cute heart shaped chocolates, making reservations, getting invites to dinner in candle lit upscale restaurants and spending time with your loved ones. These scenarios are not the reality for everyone especially if you have social anxiety.
Social anxiety can be a problem whether a relationship is new, old, smooth, rocky, or just breaking up. It may be more so if you are not in a relationship and you would like to be. Valentine’s Day expectations often create more feelings of dread for some people.
Perhaps you are anxious and dreading February 14 because you are currently single. You feel alone. You have an increased sense of dread. You feel you are lacking something, You might feel inadequate and rejected You feel you are not accepted or acceptable. These feelings drive more anxiety!