GUEST BLOG: Five Jobs For Social Anxiety Sufferers Who Want Limited Interaction With Others
by Jennifer McGregor, Guest Blogger
Social anxiety can take a big toll on stress levels and emotions when the sufferer is placed in an environment that is too loud, too active, or too full of people. This can make finding employment difficult, but it’s helpful if you know what to look for—and what to stay away from. Triggers such as constant interaction with others, loud noises, and constant interruptions throughout the day can be detrimental to coping with social anxiety, but there are several job options for sufferers who need to keep those triggers at bay.
While finding a job at a store or restaurant may be the easiest route, those environments are not always conducive to living with social anxiety; yet, working from home can lead to isolation and feelings of depression. Here are some of the best jobs that fall between those options and allow sufferers to have limited interaction with others.
Dog Walking with Rover.com
Working with animals can be a soothing, healing job that forms bonds that can last for years. For social anxiety sufferers, a pet or animal friend can be extremely advantageous, and for those who can’t keep one due to living situations (such as an apartment building that doesn’t allow animals), having a job involving a non-threatening dog is the next best thing. Rover.com matches up pet owners with caregivers so that their pets can be taken out during long workdays, and the site even allows users to set up face-to-face meetings and work out the financial end of things so you can both determine if the job is right for you. Taking care of pets — as a dog-walker or pet sitter — could allow a flexible schedule while giving you the chance to get out, get some exercise, and form a bond with a loving animal.
Tutoring with HappyTutors.com
If you have a background in education or are simply passionate about a particular subject — such as art, music, math, or language — tutoring could be a great way to earn money while working one-on-one with a student. Such jobs are quiet, can be done within your home or at the library if you choose, and allow for a flexible schedule. You can check out sites like HappyTutors.com to set up a profile and connect with students and their parents.
If you enjoy working outside, finding a job in landscaping or horticulture could be perfect depending on where you live. In states that are warm year-round, applying with a nursery or landscaping business would likely lead to full-time permanent employment, while other states may require you to work only seasonally. However, working in a garden or with plants and trees can be a quiet, soothing job that requires little social interaction but still allows you the freedom to work with others should you choose to do so.
Nannying/Babysitting with SitterCity.com
While working in a daycare environment wouldn’t be the best choice for a social anxiety sufferer, taking care of one child can be highly rewarding and could even be flexible depending on the parents’ schedules. If full-time nannying isn’t right for you, there are always moms and dads looking for responsible caregivers during summer months when school is out. You might sign up to offer your services on SitterCity.com. The bonus is that these types of jobs might even allow you to spend time at the local pool, library, or any number of fun places as long as you have the parents’ permission.
Hospitals, hotels, schools, and restaurants are all establishments that require cleaning personnel, and depending on the job requirements, you could find employment that either allows you to work alone or with a small team to get the job done. Many places ask that janitorial services come in after hours to complete the job, which would effectively limit your interaction with others.
Living with social anxiety can be overwhelming for some, especially during a job search. But there are many wonderful job options that will allow you to earn money while limiting the triggers that cause anxiety.
About the Author
Jennifer McGregor is a pre-medical student who loves providing reliable health and medical resources. She knows how difficult it can be to sift through trustworthy health information on the web, and wants to change that. Jennifer created Public Health Library to help people find reputable info on various health topics.
Jennifer wasn’t paid by any of the sites endorsed in this article. She chose them all very carefully, and thinks they’re a great way for readers to learn more about a given topic.