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Fox Fever

I recently just finished working in Fox Glacier for six months. Fox is home to 250 people and the nearest town worth mentioning is 3 hours away. I worked in a holiday park outside of the town with 15 other people. This combination along with the constant raining creates a phenomenon call Fox Fever. I’ve learned that people expresses their fever in different ways, including myself. It is especially hard conditions when you have social anxiety.

Taking the job, I thought it would be similar to working and living in a ski resort. Easy to get close to people and even though the job might suck you’ll still have fun. What I’ve learned is that workplace friendships work better when there is a mutual activity. When you are in the middle of no where, with not much to do, but focus on work it might cause Fox Fever.  Different examples of Fox Fever that I have seen include deciding you need to go skydiving that afternoon, scrubbing bath mats for an hour that don’t need to be cleaned and the most toxic case is reverting back to your high school self.

Fox Fever and social anxiety have affected me in a different way. I became obsessed with being friends and included with everyone on the park. If someone didn’t talk to me or smile to me enough that day I assumed they hated me. If I knew people were hanging out in the park without me I became depressed. Why wasn’t I included? What did I do wrong? What I needed to understand was that with only 15 colleagues, groups would form as they do in every workplace, but that it is only more apparent with less people around. You will not be able to get along and hang out with everyone and that’s ok. You can’t expect to get along and hang out with everyone you meet.

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Living in a Ski Resort with Social Anxiety

After successfully living and working in a ski resort with social anxiety, I realized I overcame a lot of fears, but also learned the limits of my anxiety. Here’s a list I made that will make anyone with social anxiety feel better if they plan on venturing into the ski bum lifestyle.
1. You will make friends- You will see the same people everywhere. In your kitchen, at your job and on the slopes. You will eventually feel comfortable with 1, maybe even 2 people. And then BAM! You’ve made friends.

 

2. Some days will be bad- but most of them won’t. There will be times where you feel like everyone hates you, or they are all hanging out with out you, or even worse you’re missing out on everything. There will also be times when your anxiety gets the best of you and insecurity will take over. It will however pass, because in reality you’ re still having fun.

3. Just get through the first week-  The first week is terrible; your stomach hurts, your sweating all the time and your heart won’t stop racing. You will think you’ve made a terrible mistake and the entire season will be worst thing that’s ever happened to you. By the second week your symptoms should have lessened. In the end you will realize this is the best thing you could have done for your anxiety.

4. You don’t have to go out everynight- and you probably shouldn’t. You should always take time to recharge. Congratulate yourself for going out as much as you can, but remember you need time for yourself. If you are drinking every night, you will need a break, otherwise your anxiety will get worse. Therefore, if you feel tired just relax!

5. It’s ok to tell people about your anxiety-  People who generally work at ski resorts for the most part are very open minded people. They will tell you their lives stories and what they’ve been through. If you decide to tell them about your social anxiety, they may surprise you and completely understand and help you when they can.