Anxiousness about socialising– How to socialise again?

by Pei Ying Lim on May 25, 2022
As Singapore eases back to the life before the pandemic, the way we work is slowly reverting to the pre-pandemic days. All workers and students are now able to return to the office and school. If the idea of having to socialize again breaks you out in a cold sweat, here are some ways to feel less daunted about it.


1. Take small steps

one step at a time, small steps

Every little effort counts, even in forming relationships with your colleagues and classmates off-screen. If you are on the shy side, start off by returning good morning greetings, and once you feel more comfortable, be the one giving someone a morning greeting when you see them in the morning. You may even want to start small talks once you feel ready for it.


2. Talk about how you feel 

talk about how you feel

Sharing about how you feel with a trusted confidant– be it a close friend or a family member, may turn out to be a crucial way to lessen your anxiety about getting back into social situations. It is a great chance to reflect on how you feel and oftentimes, your confidant may even give you helpful pieces of advice to manage different social situations.


3. Make time for yourself

make time for yourself

Now that restrictions have been lifted, you may be excited to make lots of plans to visit places and spend time with your friends and loved ones. However, it may be overwhelming to rush it all at once. Take things step-by-step, and remember to set aside enough time alone to unwind.


When should you worry about symptoms of anxiety?

Most people experience symptoms of anxiety from time to time. How do we know when it does become a health concern? It may be a sign of an Anxiety Disorder if you experience physical symptoms such as increased heartbeat, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. If anxiety starts to interfere with day-to-day life and relationships, it is time to seek professional help.


Where you can reach out for support

A survey was conducted by the National Youth Council in 2021 with 1058 participants. 32.8% of the respondents would consider seeking help from a mental health hotline but were unaware of any mental health hotlines. Here are some hotlines you can reach out to if you or someone you know needs it.
National CARE Hotline
1800 202 6868
Mon – Sun: 8am – 8pm
AIC Hotline
[By Agency for Integrated Care]
For ageing, caregiving and mental health related support
1800 650 6060
Mon – Sun: 8.30am – 8.30pm
Care Corner Counselling Hotline (Mandarin)
1800 353 5800
Mon – Sun: 10am – 10pm
Counselling Support for Adults
Brahm Centre Assistline
6655 0000
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
8823 0000
(After operating hours)
Clarity Singapore Limited
6757 7990
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5.30pm
CPH Online Counselling
  • Marriage and Parenting
[Live chat]
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)
Singapore Association for Mental Health
1800 283 7019
8511 2678
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Silver Ribbon (Singapore)
6385 3714
6386 1928
6509 0271
Mon – Fri: 9am – 5pm
Viriya Therapy Centre
6256 1311
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
Counselling Support for Children
Tinkle Friend Helpline
1800 274 4788
Mon – Fri: 2.30pm – 7pm
Counselling Support for Youth
CARE Singapore
6978 2728
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
[By TOUCH Community Services]
1800 377 2252
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Fei Yue Community Services
[Live chat]
Mon – Fri: 10am – 12pm; 2pm – 5pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)
Care Corner Mental Health
Department (Insight)
  • Mental Health Screening and Basic Emotional Support
Telegram: insightersBOT
Instagram: insightccs
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Support for Family Violence
National Anti-Violence Helpline (NAVH)
1800 777 0000
Daily: 24 hours
PAVE Integrated Services for Individual and Family Protection Specialist Centre
6555 0390
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
6449 9088
Mon – Fri: 9am -1pm;
2pm – 5pm
Care Corner (Project StART)
6476 1482
Mon – Fri: 10am – 5pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)
Big Love Child Protection Specialist Centre
6445 0400
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)
Child Protection Specialist Centre
6819 9170
Mon – Fri:
9.30am – 5.30pm
Society Against Family Violence
Counselling Support for Caregivers and Parents
Caregivers Alliance Limited
Main: 6460 4400
West: 9720 7590 & 9770 7996
Central: 9729 8628 & 9826 7115
East: 9736 9170
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
(Closed on Public Holidays)
Support for Seniors
The Seniors Helpline
[By SAGE Counselling Centre]
1800 555 5555
Mon – Fri: 9am – 7pm
Sat: 9am – 1pm
[By Changi General Hospital]
6340 7054
24 hours
Support for Persons with Dementia
Dementia Singapore
6377 0700
Mon – Fri: 9am – 6pm
Support for Persons Struggling with Addiction
WE CARE Community Services
6547 5459
Mon – Fri: 10am – 7pm




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