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Hey guys, my name is Hexxi and as the title says I just have a question or more so some questionS about livestreaming. A little bit of a backstory here: I started livestreaming minecraft about 2 years ago just so that a close group of friends could watch and I would average a surprising 12-20 viewers per stream which at the time was beyond mind blowing to me. I took a very long hiatus to deal with personal things and well now here I am. As someone who has a hard time dealing with people in the general public to begin with seeing as I have severe Social Anxiety the line of work I currently hold results in multiple panic attacks throughout the week and just a general damper on my well being in general. I figured that starting my stream back up would allow me to have an easier time talking to people because I wouldn't be face to face to them and since I have been gaming for at least 20 years of my life I figured why not. That being taken care of it leads me to my question: How do streamers (both large and small) keep the drive to continue going? I have joined one smaller group of streamers but my insecurities and my anxiety are negatively impacting how often I contact and communicate to them and the CGN really is going play a large part in whether I keep going with that I do. Now I have met some amazing people on my journey to 100 followers on twitch, but only have 1 or 2 people there and having them rarely talk to me as I play makes me babbling on and on about games in stream is starting to raise my anxiety. I've been told I'm really funny and my reactions on game are funny and that's why people stop in. (To see me freak out in horror games or to see me completely rage in Overwatch) I just want to know what it is that I can do to not feel the way I do, how to keep going and not worry about anything but having a good time. I hope to build a small stream community of people who go through what I go through and let them know that I understand and that I am here for them and what not but I just don't know what course of action to take. It's not the games I play, it's honestly just me. Maybe this place is what I need to get the support but I just don't know. Any sugguestions? (Also if this is posted in the wrong area by all means you mods and take care of this post and do what you will with it. I am just super curious and I didn't really know where else to post or where else to go :/) Sincerely, Hexxi
Good afternoon all I though I'd post my first topic and wanted to talk about streaming anxiety. It's something I've personally felt before, less now but in the beginning alot more so. Streamer friends of mine have talked about this and I know friends have had this before in varying strengths. It doesn't have to be a full blown panic attack it can simply be a bit of stage fright as it were but I know some friends where it's flat out stopped them streaming as they have worried about what they are playing or about the numbers watching (can be about large numbers as well as small.) The anxiety I mostly get is if a new game or things I've planned will go down well when streaming I love it and enjoy it and that seems to all go away its just the build up to streaming. So I wanted to ask all of you have you ever encountered streaming anxiety and what did you do about it???? - For me it was just to continue to stream and listen to friends and fellow streamers and realise they all worry about things now and again and what they do to relax, share your stories below