We hand out our booklets for free at events, and now you can download them in digital form!
Anxiety! At the expo – why we get social anxiety and what to do about it
Do you feel overwhelmed in public spaces such as games conventions? Perhaps you think… “I’m scared to get into conversations… What if I have nothing interesting to say?” or “Everyone looks so confident! They probably think I’m awkward and that I don’t belong here… I just wanna be invisible!”
Thoughts that people will judge you, or that you may embarrass yourself, are common in social anxiety. This leaflet can help you understand what social anxiety is, why it happens, and the first steps to dealing with it. Because tackling these kind of thoughts can take a long time, and some people may need more help, we’ve also referenced additional resources that you may find helpful.
Post-con blues! – after all the fun… how to return to the real world!
Attending a fan convention can be fun, but do you feel low when it’s all over? Perhaps you think… “I enjoyed myself so much! But I feel miserable going back to boring daily life!” or “I made such great friends at the convention! But nobody in my daily life understands me the same way… I feel so empty…”
It’s normal for anyone to feel deflated after an exciting or stimulating experience is over. Feeling low in mood, unfulfilled, or exhausted after a fan convention can be part of a normal reaction that people call the post-con blues. This leaflet can help you understand what post-con blues is, why it might happen, and some ways of dealing with it. Because some people may also be experiencing mental health problems, this leaflet will indicate when you should seek further help, and we’ve referenced additional resources that you may find helpful.