What is the fear of grocery stores?
- 1 What is the fear of grocery stores?
- 2 Recommendations to combat anxiety in the grocery store
For most people, shopping for goods is easy. They don’t think twice about stepping into a large superstore such as Walmart and checking out their goods.
However, for some people, anxiety in grocery stores is a real fear that they have developed over time. The fear of grocery stores is highly relevant to social anxiety – the fear of judgement and scrutiny from others, doing things ‘wrong’ which can cause a scene, and a number of intertwining reasons.
Why does anxiety in grocery stores occur in the first place?
Being an employee in a grocery store
One of the most common ways grocery store anxiety occurs is working within a grocery store setting, so being a store employee.
Cashiers with social anxiety are responsible for serving hundreds, if not thousands of customers per day walking through the door. That is a lot of customers to make small talk and interactions with!
Being a customer in a grocery store
Conversley, people shopping at the stores can be as anxious as employees working within a grocery store.
Why is that?
Well, there is several reasons why.
Reasons customers can feel anxious in the grocery store
- Post traumatic stress disorder – something bad had happened to them once in the grocery store, such as a purse or wallet theft.
- They are depressed and anxious about outside events, especially when going through a difficult time such as studying stress
- Feeling concerned about coronavirus and worrying if they are immune or not to it, due to media representation of the virus
- Exaggerating the idea or fear of going into a grocery store.
Reasons employees can feel anxious in the grocery store
- Managers walking around and checking on employee performance
- Fear of people in authority such as managers or authority figures in the store, in case they embarrass themselves or do something ‘wrong’
- Worrying they could be let go soon based on a mistake they made
Recommendations to combat anxiety in the grocery store
There are several ways you can feel more comfortable in the grocery store, whether you are an employee or a customer. Here is what we recommend (take note!)
- Shop at quieter times of the day. Do not shop if your a customer at peak times such as 5-6pm. Go shopping around 8-9pm instead at a quieter store.
- Get plenty of sleep if you know you have to go shopping the next day. Lack of sleep can impede your focus and make you more irritable.
- Do your best not to think about what the security guards, managers and anybody else is thinking. Put yourself in the present moment.
- Try not to shop when you feel stressed, angry or on edge.