Hugs to you Maggie. I have had anxiety and depression since 1982 - I know how you feel. I get into anticipatory anxiety when I have to go somewhere that is a challenge for me and my insecurities come out to make me even more anxious. Sometimes what works for me is just getting mad at the dang anxiety and letting those tears out. I have tried throwing paper plates when I feel angry but what works really well is crushing ice cubes with a wooden mallet. (Put those cube in a zip lock bag. ) So remember that you are going to see the people you love, you are who you are and if we were all the same life would be very boring. Be proud of yourself, know that you have tons of support here always and believe that we do know how you feel.
I wish you peace and happiness.
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