How to Get Motivated Enough to Leave the House
When you struggle with social anxiety, it can be hard to leave the house, let alone stick to plans with friends. It’s hard for a lot of people to understand, but it can be really distressing to put yourself in a new environment, or an environment that makes you uncomfortable. In the past, I’ve lost some friends over this issue. However, it’s important to understand that if a friend can’t sympathize, they’re not worth your time.
Here are some ways in which you can motivate yourself. Sometimes, all it takes is a little push, and these tips really help me when my anxiety gets the better of me.
PICK AN EVENT
An event can be something to dread or something to look forward to. However, find something that suits you and won’t make you feel uncomfortable. There are plenty to choose from! Coming up we have the Winter Olympics (that may be a bit too soon, though…!); the Russian World Cup; the 300th birthday of New Orleans; and many more events that take place every year, such as the Edinburgh Fringe, Oktoberfest, and more. In an ideal world, you’d attend all of the above events and more, but this isn’t an ideal world. Pick one that you have the most interest in, and make a vow to go to that event. The money it takes to buy the ticket is usually enough to motivate me (I’m v frugal I have to say – wasting money makes me mad haha).
CONVINCE SOMEONE TO JOIN YOU
The good thing about the big events is that, because of their size, there’s no problem to go on your own and get into the mix. But it’s also true that it’s better to travel with friends and family. And in any case, you’ll want to have people by your side when you’re doing all the additional exploring that comes along with your trip. So it’s time to start giving your nearest and dearest the hard sell! Research the logistics, how much it’ll cost, and give a rousing speech about how much fun it’s going to be, and they’ll surely jump on board. I won’t lie, I usually beg my sister to join me. She’s my best mate and understands my anxiety.
GET THINGS BOOKED
You might want to attend one of the world’s biggest events, but so does everyone else; that’s why they’re the biggest events, after all! As such, it’s imperative that you book your travel, accommodation, and tickets as soon as possible. If you don’t have the money to book everything right now, look at websites offering personal loans no credit check monthly payments, and then pay back the money over time. Everything will feel much more real if you know all the essential details have been booked and paid for! If you’re going to do this, however, make sure you can repay on time and with the right amount.
PLAN AROUND THE EVENT
In some cases, the event you’re attending might only take place on one day. However, your trip may last longer than a day. Make sure you’re investigating what else there is to do on the days either side of your event. Take in local sites, or visit some art galleries in the area.
BUILD THE HYPE
With everything taken care of, there’s only one thing left to do: build the hype! The event will come around soon enough. In the meantime, chat with your fellow travellers and daydream about all the fun you’re going to have! This is I how I get my motivation going. I find that although I’m anxious about getting out of the house, I’m really excited to attend a really nice event, so in a way, it cancels out. I always have a great time too.