Where is your attention focused when you are around other people?
If you have anxiety, you may find that your attention is so focused on either how you appear physically to others, or the potential threats in your environment that you lose sight of being in the moment, and learning from that experience.
Understanding where your attention is directed enables you to then implement ways to help you to focus on the task at-hand, rather than constantly being on the look-out for threats. That is not to say that you shouldn’t be aware of potential dangers, it is about helping you to recognize that where you direct your attention could make your anxiety worse…
Let’s take a look at Self-Focused and Environment-Focused Attention, and why this could exacerbate anxiety.