So today, we are going to discuss the dreaded and socially anxious aspects of grocery shopping. I don't even know where to begin because this makes me sooo anxious. Typing about it is terrifying but for real! Ok, well the first part of grocery shopping that gives me anxiety is getting the cart. Now, I have to decide if I need a small basket, which is difficult because I have underestimated how many extra and not needed treats I added, and it began to overflow. Talk about unwanted attention. So, I usually go for the cart. Now trying to grab it out when one of the wheels is usually uncooperative can be difficult. Now, it is important to rate how messed up the wheel is. Because if it is bad and you continue shopping, you will get the side-eye and ughs more than you can imagine. So, take the cart picking as serious as you would if you were picking out your chick-fil-A order. Now once you have your cart, it is important that you have your list in hand. I have mine in my notes on my phone and edit it each time. This makes it easier, and it doesn't give me flashbacks to my mom making her weekly list on paper. Doesn't even get me started. I personally categorize it, but that's my OCD, so do with it as you please.
Now on to the actual grocery shopping. Luckily, I am eating healthy now so most of my items are on the perimeter of the store. This is good because the aisles are full of slow movers, best prices analyzers, runny-nosed kids opening the chips and cereal boxes, and the coupon people. There are many more. I could literally write my dissertation on it. So, I grab my items in order as I go around the store. I stick to my list, and I always eat before I shop so I don't buy extra. I avoid the free samples by telling myself it's the equivalent of eating the community peanuts at the bar. So, once I get all my items, I go to check out. You have to make sure you have any coupons and a working credit card before you get into line. I sometimes get anxious when I can't leave a line. I don't know why, I just do. So, I will either check out items around the area until the line shortens or I will catch up on my magazines. I check out, and make sure I look for where to put my cart. I try to do this after I park just so I know, but if I can't, I just walk my cart right over to the area. I usually have to tell myself that I got this, and although it seems easy, they rarely fit into each other, and I know other people feel the same way, I know I am not alone in this. I also am mindful that it is my last step. Woohoo.
So, that is my experience and a few tips that help me get through this socially anxious event in a nutshell. I am going to do a video on it soon (which should be interesting to say the least) which will be up on the site as well as on our FB page (Anxiety Interruption). If you have any questions or comments, please leave them below. Let me know what makes you socially anxious! And just remember, you are not alone, you are worth it, and we can face our fears together! :)