For today’s generation, so much of the communication happens through text messages that it is bound to make them feel a bit overwhelmed. From romance to breakups, from approaching new people to warming up to someone, it can all happen over text exchanges for the Gen Z and the millennial generation.
Considering how much of dating is now centered around dating apps, social media, and text messages, it's apparent that text messaging has become a source of anxiety.
Those little typing dots can make your heart race and the sight of a single k for a reply from someone you like can send you into a tailspin. In today's dating world, many singles are reading between the lines of every text exchange in an attempt to construe what the other person is thinking. If text exchanges are making you anxious, you’re certainly not alone!
Let’s take a look at how you can keep your texting anxiety at bay.
Stop Reading Between The Lines
While both dating and relationships need effort and attention, communication and candour are essential. If you're already having to decipher every text, it's time to rethink. Communication with the right person should be fairly consistent and easy—there should be little room for ambiguity and guessing.
Don’t Feel Obligated To Respond
When it comes to work, family, or even friends, you frequently feel the need to 'reply.' What matters most is that you prioritise your mental health. Feeling regretful or guilty disrupts your mental peace, resulting in worry and a great deal of stress.
Ask For Clarity
If you are puzzled by a text or feel there is a misunderstanding, ask clarifying questions. Instead of diving down the rabbit hole of "what-ifs" and attempting to fathom the meaning of an emoji, simply ask.
Put Your Phone Away
Put down your phone if you are continuously checking it for new texts messages, or social media updates. Checking the phone and re-reading text messages has become a habit for many individuals, particularly those in new relationships. Taking a break from your phone every once in a while shall help you ease your anxiety.
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