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Let’s have a toast to friendship tonight

Beer tapsToday everyone’s talking about Arthur’s Day.

Facebook and the Twittersphere have been buzzing all day with rumours about which pub everyone is going to and what acts are playing where.

And why not? It’s a nice excuse to brighten up an otherwise dull Thursday evening.

With the weather we’ve been having, we need all the cheering up we can get.

Fun with friends

It’s a nice idea to raise a glass with your friends tonight and have a bit of crack. Knowing that thousands of people are doing the same thing at the same time, as they will be at 6pm this evening is nice too.

But what if you don’t have plans tonight? What if the highlight of your evening will be doing your laundry, baking a cake or writing that English essay?

Feeling alone

It’s easy to feel out of the loop if you won’t be heading to the pub this evening, when the rest of the world all seem like they’re making plans to meet up.

Sometimes we can feel pressure to join in with group activities, that our lives are not exciting enough if we’re staying in instead.

But equally, crowded pubs and drinking sessions may not be everyone’s scene. Or you may just not feel in the mood for it tonight.

Social nerves

If you are thinking about heading out to celebrate Arthur’s Day, but find yourself feeling anxious about it, ask yourself why.

Social anxiety  is a disorder that can affect us all at different times in our lives.

It can lead to a fear of social situations, of being embarrassed or judged while talking to other people.

These negative feelings can lead to physical symptoms like sweaty palms, butterflies in the stomach, trembling and more.

Isolation

Social anxiety can make us feel like hiding away at home but doing that can make the problem worse, leading to isolation from friends and family.

If any of this rings a bell for you, then check out our article on social anxiety to learn more about what you can do to feel better.

Enjoy yourself

Whether you’re feeling anxious or not, Arthur’s Day may just not be your scene.

Luckily there are plenty of other ways you can enjoy yourself, whether it’s tonight, tomorrow night or next week.

Learning to get to grips with social situations could mean figuring out how you like to enjoy yourself with your friends, in a way that suits you.

There are more options open than just clubbing and bars, like going to the cinema or group activities like hill-walking or cycling.

Have fun your way

So socialise on your own terms this weekend. If Arthur’s Day sounds like fun, go check it out and remember to enjoy drinking safely while you do.

Otherwise book tickets for the cinema or make plans for a walk in the hills.

Spending time with your friends is good for your health. That’s something we can all raise a glass to tonight, even if it’s just a glass of Ribena.

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