So I would think this is actually relatively common here, but it has brought me quite a bit of anxiety over time.
Whenever I'm outside (not home), and someone looks at me (or doesn't even have to look at me, tbh) and smiles, I start feeling anxious (laughing at me?)
So do you others get anxious over this, or is it less common than I've thought... Also, do you know what you can do to work on this..?
As it feels like it's one of the main things causing me anxiety...
(Idk if this is the right place to put this, but w/e)
Yeah, I have noticed strangers smiling at me, like middle aged women around my age or 10+ years older, adolescent girls, guys around my age, little kids, grannies, older middle aged men. It used to scare me a little when people would smile at me, I would be thinking wtf.
Don't worry about the laughing, even if they might be laughing about you don't take it so seriously, you don't know, maybe they're high on something and can't think right. I used to laugh all the time when I was high and I had no way to realize if I was hurting someone's feelings! Or they might be laughing at a memory they remember or just feel good and having fun with their friends about another reason, it's not always going to be that they would laugh about you.
It's just mere acknowledgement you're receiving from another human being, it's also a sort of mutual greeting. It's nothing to negatively interpret, it's actually very heart-warming to receive and also to give to others. Now a days I smile at people no matter the gender or age, and some of them return the same my way, while others do not, but I hold my glance their way anyway. I look at someone just to acknowledge their presence and beauty and they give me a smile and I am still kind of shocked but I return the smile right away, it's like automatic now, I don't even think about it, just happens!