I haven’t been in public for the past 3 years due to a fear of unknown men that occurred from past abuse. I do everything online including my grocery shopping. This week I started exposure therapy. I’m starting out small by taking 1-2 walks a day, not hiding in the house when an unfamiliar person is at my door, getting the mail during daylight hours instead of the middle of the night when no one is out, and sitting on my bench on the porch not running inside when an unfamiliar male walks by but instead putting my head down and repeating “I’m okay, I’m okay” until they are gone. My therapist says this is a great way to start and doesn’t want me to rush into things so I don’t withdraw and stop trying. When I take my walks I’m either walking the old cemetery in town or around the park by my house making sure no one else is at the park prior to my walks. I’m feeling “safe” enough when checking the mail and when unknown people are at my door as long as I’m not the one getting the door, but the anxiety is still pretty bad when I take my walks, and sit on my porch. Does anyone have good advice on help with anxiety while in public? I know I can’t avoid people on my walks or them walking past my porch forever.