GET OVER IT:
Ask yourself if your fears are warranted “Differentiate facts from thoughts,” says Cristina. “Repeat to yourself: ‘Just because I think I’m embarrassing myself does not mean it’s true.’” For all you know, that woman looking at you strangely might just be guilty of having a resting b*tch face.
Talk to someone about how you’re feeling
“Family and close friends can give you the support you need,” Cristina says. But draw the line at talking to your boss and colleagues, who may try to help by covering for you – even if your colleagues are nice enough not to throw a fit about carrying your weight, it’s not doing you any favours. You need to resolve the issue, not walk away from it.
Get professional help Cognitive behavioural therapy and medical treatment might work better for you. You’ll learn relaxation techniques from a psychologist or psychiatrist, as well as cognitive restructuring (that’s medical speak for changing your mindset) to imagine social situations and mentally prep for them. You’ll also get to test this out in real-life scenarios.