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Eating in public? - February 11th 2014, 10:24 AM

I can't do this anymore, I hate always staying home from when my parents take everyone out to dinner because I'm too nervous to go. I feel like I'm always being watched and judged and I always stay home.

What are some tips for overcoming this?

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Re: Eating in public? - February 11th 2014, 01:31 PM

Hey Matthew!

I'm sorry you're having trouble eating in public, I know how that feels. Do you know why you have this fear? Is it a social fear or something to do with food? I think you could try going somewhere with your parents, but start small. Like a restaurant that isn't crowded or something. Then you can go ahead and order something small and take it one bite at a time. If you have something that's important to you, like a watch or something, you can wear that and put your fingers on it if you need to. Lastly, you are a unique individual with awesome qualities so while you're having trouble, try to remind yourself of those things!

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Re: Eating in public? - February 11th 2014, 09:52 PM

hey! i'm sorry you feel this way, i know it's such a horrible feeling

try having drinks in cafes or elsewhere in public and go up slowly from there. it's working for me so far
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