BHS- Where you want to go, if you love to write!
You’re standing in front of a class, your face starts to turn red and your hands begin to shake. The words you have practiced for hours on end come out in mumbles, everyone's eyes are locked on you. You seem to be paralyzed, people begin to whisper and your heart pounds. Welcome to the everyday life of a shy or socially anxious person. Speaking from a perspective of someone who is extremely shy, I can say the school is one of the main sources of stress and can cause an overload of pressure. From speaking in front of the class to oral presentations it is not an easy time for people who can’t control their paranoia. Teachers always say that speaking in front of the class can help your fear when it can actually cause more bad than good. Students with an extreme fear of this can have panic attacks and knowing that a presentation is coming up can take a toll on their health. It can cause sleep deprivation, lack of eating and in some extreme cases depression. Although I do believe it is good to step outside of your comfort zone and sometimes I do think people need a push. I do not believe students should be pushed to the point of breaking. Although it does not necessarily have to be the cause of the teachers it can be caused by other parties as well. Such as the student striving to be brave and confident like a friend, by doing this is can cause too much anxiety while taking a path unknown. In some situations, it can really benefit the person and I do suggest leaving your personal boundaries, but at the speed you wish to proceed. Pushing yourself over the edge won’t benefit you or make your anxiety go away any faster, if anything it can make it worse to quote Steve Maraboli, “I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”