We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Many people make phone calls every day, some make them a lot less often. Whether you love or loathe speaking on the phone, it can cause a great deal of anxiety for some. An avoidance or fear of making calls is typically common in those who suffer from anxiety.

While disliking making phone calls does not mean you have phone anxiety, the two could be related. 

There are people who genuinely dislike making and receiving calls. However, if your dislike for phone calls makes you experience certain symptoms, you could have phone anxiety. 

The Symptoms of Phone Anxiety 

Some of the symptoms of phone anxiety can include:

  • Avoiding or delaying making phone calls due to anxiety 
  • Feeling very anxious or before you make a call 
  • Worrying about what you might say 

Some of the physical symptoms of phone anxiety can include: 

  • Dizziness
  • Muscular tension
  • Nausea
  • Increased heart rate
  • Shortness of breath

Why We Avoid Making Phone Calls 

Talking on the phone can be quite daunting. This might be because we are only limited to using our voices. We cannot give or see social cues such as eye contact and body language. In addition to this, we can feel self-conscious about our voices or what we have said. 

Many people prefer to text as they have time to think about the words they use. They might even have a more reserved personality when texting. 

Research has suggested that phone anxiety is usually related to someone’s preoccupation with what the person on the other end of the phone thinks of them. Text messages seem to offer that social connection without the fear of disapproval or rejection. 

Pauses in a phone call can also make people feel anxious. When you speak to someone face-to-face you can usually tell when they’re thinking or distracted. However, brief silences on the phone can seem quite awkward. 

What to do About Phone Anxiety 

It’s very easy to avoid making a phone call if you’re feeling anxious. However, the longer you put the call off, the worse your anxiety is likely to become. The good news is there are some things you can do to reduce your anxiety. 

One of the best things you can do is to make more phone calls. I know the prospect of this can make you feel more anxious. However, the more phone calls you make, the less anxiety-provoking they will be. 

Why not make a list of those you need to call? Write down their names and think about calling them and what makes you feel anxious. When you have made the call, allowing yourself to feel happy at successfully making the call will motivate you to make the next call. 

If your anxiety is bad or you’ve tried to deal with it to no avail, it could be worth asking for help. There is mental health help in Barlby such as talking therapy. Please speak to your doctor if your phone anxiety is having an impact on your life. 

 

We offer mental health support for Selby and the surrounding areas. Why not give us a call? Our phone line is open from 7 pm – 10 pm, 365 days of the year.

Call us on (01757) 642 399. If you call before our phone lines are open and we cannot answer you will be diverted to an NHS Helpline.

Interested in helping those who are struggling with their mental health? We offer Mental Health First Aid training in Selby. Contact us at info@communitea.org.uk