August is almost over, and I’m relieved. So much has happened across the globe and the country that has been tremendously difficult, with the racially motivated shooting in Florida being the most recent. When I read the news, my heart hurt for those harmed and for all the lives lost in Hawaii and everywhere else.
But as I write this, most of my feelings are wrapped up in my own daily challenges. The relationships I am navigating, the concerns about my children and their wellbeing, and the recent losses I’m grieving. Admitting this is hard, and it’s hard because I worry about how I will sound. I worry about being judged harshly. And this is how social anxiety manifests. In fact, it made me put off writing this as long as possible.
Our blog article this month is on social anxiety, and while researching social anxiety, there was a lot that made sense to me, and plenty I still want to explore. The article is hefty, and I didn’t even include anything about the implications of social anxiety for marginalized groups as that would warrant its own article.
If you’re someone who struggles with social anxiety or you love someone who does, please give our article a read. I hope it will illuminate things and help you move forward. If you need additional support, as always, please do reach out to us. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can reach us by phone or text at (323) 388-5578. We’re here and want to help.
Saba Harouni Lurie (she/her/hers)
On The Blog
Why Do I Feel So Anxious in Social Situations?: Understanding Social Anxiety and Cultivating Connection
An old friend was recently in town, and we made plans to get together. I was nervous to see her and her partner; we hadn’t seen each other for years, and it meant a lot that we were connecting again. Then, during our time together, I made a joke that I quickly realized could be harmful. I felt my face turn red. I wasn’t sure how to proceed, so I just tried to act “normal”…
How to Help
Every second Friday of the month, Village Well stays open a bit later in order to provide a platform for local performers through their open mic! All performers are welcome, including musicians, poets, storytellers, comedians, and magicians!
Acts are limited to 5-7 minutes in length and must be family friendly. Sign ups begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 7:00 pm!
Friday, September 8th
7:00 PM – 11:00 PM
Village Well Books & Coffee
9900 Culver Boulevard #1B
Culver City, CA 90232
Explore the living museum featuring collections of plants from around the globe! Join the Garden Educators for a free guided tour of the garden. You’ll hear the stories of a selection of plants in the garden, and their relevance to human society. All ages are welcome.
Saturday, September 9th
10:00 AM – 11:00 PM
UCLA La Kretz Garden Pavilion
707 Tiverton Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095