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Is It Possible to Get a Parent With Social Anxiety to Socialize?

Social anxiety is believed to affect the lives of 15 million adults. Very few people reach out to get help. Around 4 out of 10 most often have the condition for at least a decade before they see a medical professional.

 

Elder Care in Carmel Valley CA: Parent With Social Anxiety

Elder Care in Carmel Valley CA: Parent With Social Anxiety

 

Your mom has all the symptoms of social anxiety. She trembles or fidgets when speaking to others. She turns down invitations, even if it’s a family gathering. She doesn’t have a lot of friends, and she rarely socializes. Is it possible to get her to socialize when social anxiety is present?

 

Start by Getting Her to See a Doctor

Social anxiety is hard to overcome, but it’s not impossible. Your mom needs to see a specialist. Therapy can help her overcome her mental health condition. Sometimes, anxiety medications help.

 

Take Things Slowly

She’s not going to change overnight. She’s going to have good days and bad days. Celebrate the good, and don’t dwell on the bad. If a bad day happens, so be it. It’s not the end of the world to have a temporary setback. Take a day or two to stop, rewind, and try again.

Do practice runs of the things that could happen. Go over worst-case scenarios and show her why it’s really not that bad. Be sure to tell her the things you’ve gone through so that she sees she’s not alone. It can even help if you mess up during a social event. Tip over a drink or spill food. It will help her to know that things happen to everyone.

 

Start Small

When your mom is ready to try socializing, start small. Don’t throw her into a huge group to start. Instead, have her over for a small dinner with a few people see how it goes. Make sure she has a place to escape if it becomes overwhelming for her.

As she becomes comfortable with a few people, add a few more. Work slowly to a larger gathering of people she knows. When that’s okay, move on to be in an event with strangers.

 

Introduce Her to Companionship Services

If your mom absolutely will not leave her home to be social, bring someone into her life. Caregivers providing elder care services can be her companion. She’ll have someone to have around to play games, watch movies, or simply talk. Caregivers will work with her and allow her to come out of her shell. Call an elder care agency to talk about companionship services.

 

If you or an aging loved-one are considering Elder Care in Carmel Valley, CA, please contact the caring staff at GoldenCare today. Call us at 760-828-5201.

Sources:

https://adaa.org/

Porsha Vogt

Owner at Golden Care
As the owner of Golden Care, Porsha enables seniors in Carlsbad and San Diego County area to live safe, happy lives in their own homes for as long as they can. Her mission, and the mission of Golden Care, includes assisting family members with elder care for their loved ones while maintaining their own professional and personal lives; creating a family-oriented environment, staffed by professional caregivers that go the extra mile to serve seniors; and increasing respect and concern for seniors in our society. Porsha has a degree in Business Management from the University of Colorado and brings her background in finance and entrepreneurialism to the service of seniors and their loved ones through Golden Care.