How to go on ‘dates’ with yourself (& actually like it)

I’ve always had a complex about going to cafes/restaurants by myself. The thought of sitting there all alone made me feel all panicky and sick.  

 

I think it was a mixture of not wanting to be deal with awkward small talk conversations with strangers (classic introvert trait) and anxiety over what people would think of me sitting there alone eating. This was a problem that took up a lot of my brain space (and probably caused my hair to prematurely fall out) for years.

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