Anxiety vs. Friends
Anxiety is a topic we've covered a lot here. The reason is, it's important to find the line between taking precautions, avoiding dangers, knowing when something is wrong to thinking and over thinking situations, secluding yourself because of your allergies, and convincing yourself something is wrong is not the answer.
I am guilty of it as well, I constantly find myself re-reading ingredients as I begin to eat or checking foods that I know are safe over and over again. Now, I know begin cautious is good thing but being so cautious that it inhibits your daily life can be bad. When you stop eating something you know is safe because you think something could be wrong, there is a problem.
I find myself constantly making excuses for not eating new things or new places. Even if I know they can offer a safe meal, or have told me it is safe. I am slowly gaining confidence in this area, by asking the right questions and taking proper precautions and not overly thinking little details. I try and talk myself down and reassure myself that everything is ok by taking deep breathes.
I think the easiest way to help expand my horizons and eat new things is to continuously build my confidence. And the easiest way to do that is to surround myself with positive people who want to not only learn with me but help me deal with the pressures and anxiety in a positive learning environment.
My friends and family are the most important people to me, and their continuos support is what helps me through those tough times. Whenever my food allergies have made me feel like an outcast they are constantly there with support and learn with me.
A support group is the best combat to anxiety and loneliness. There are support groups everywhere made up of people who have or deal with food allergies, and there are mentor programs available to youths by Anaphylaxis Canada. Food allergies can cause so much anxiety but it doesn't mean you have to be alone.
So reach out and someone will reach back.