I’ve struggled a lot with Social Anxiety throughout my life. One of the things I would try to tell myself in those moments of anxiety was “stop giving a fuck about what other people think about you.”
But that would only sorta help. It wasn’t great for me because I do give a fuck about what other people think. Buddhism has taught me so much and I place a great deal of importance on compassion for others. Telling myself to not care about what they think just didn’t feel right.
So what I recently realized is that the goal is not to not give a fuck about what others think. The goal is to not try to change what others think about me. I don’t know what they think, but whatever it is, it’s OK. This simple realization has been huge for me. I now have a mantra to help me with social anxiety that also aligns with my Buddhist beliefs.
Maybe someone else has had a similar struggle, so I wanted to share.
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