- You are the quiet one in the meeting room for fear of speaking up and saying the wrong thing
- You feel like you’re constantly connected through social media, but still feel disconnected from everyone in real life
- You cancel plans at the last minute when you begin to feel your social anxiety kicking in
You see, connection and healthy relationships are the key to success, productivity, and happiness.
- 3 out of 5 Americans report feeling lonely (and this was before the pandemic). The generation reporting the most? Generation Z- those in their early 20s.
- Lonely workers miss 5x more days of work due to stress and illness, contributing to the growing costs and moral crushing impact of unplanned absenteeism.
- Lack of social connection heightens health risks as much as smoking 15 cigarettes per day—and are twice as harmful to physical and mental health as obesity.
Can we just take a pause here for a moment?! Those stats are insane!
But in the age of social media, making personal connections is becoming more challenging than ever.
But, what do you do when you start to “word vomit?” Or when social anxiety kicks in? Or when you feel your confidence waining with every awkward silence?
- Talk less
- Ask a question
- Take a breath (Rachel actually has a 5×5 method she shares with us today in the podcast to reset our nervous system!)
- How to feel comfortable showing up as our true selves without feeling like we need to play small in order to be relatable
- External triggers of social anxiety and the grounding that happens when we connect in-person versus online
- Ways to pursue adaptability no matter where you are with authenticity
- Understanding the art of reading the room
- What you need to know to be aspirational and inspirational while still being relatable
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