Hey guys! Welcome back. Social anxiety is super common and more people struggle with it than you know. Some people are just better at hiding it than others. The thing is, social anxiety can have more of an effect on you than you realize. It can really hold you back from being yourself and building relationships. So today I wanted to share some things that you can do to reduce social anxiety if you struggle with it.
Start challenging your thinking.
Your social anxiety is usually all in your head. It comes from any insecurities that you may struggle with. So one of the best ways to overcome social anxiety is to start challenging that thinking. Instead of being negative and focusing on the bad, start focusing more on the good.
Talk to more people.
It’s no secret that practice makes perfect. So the more people you talk to and the more you get out of your bubble, the more comfortable you will be. The more people you talk to, the more likely you are to overcome those insecurities and that struggle of having social anxiety.
When you find yourself in a situation where you feel very anxious and you start to feel overwhelmed, try relaxing methods that can help you breathe and calm down a bit more. It can help you stress less and you will be less traumatized the next time you face a social situation like that.
Set achievable goals.
Are you ever going to be 100% perfect? Absolutely not. But what you can do to improve yourself is start setting manageable goals that you can reach. Whether it is talking to one new person every week or not running every time you are faced with an uncomfortable situation. Start with things you know you can do.
Remember it’s not all bad.
Having social anxiety isn’t always a bad thing. It makes you more aware of what is going on, you are less likely to trust every person you meet, and it makes the relationships you do have that much more special and valuable. So if you struggle with social anxiety, remember not to be so hard on yourself.
Eliminate behaviors that hold you back.
Sometimes when we struggle with social anxiety we have certain coping mechanisms that keep us from overcoming the anxiety. For some it is always having to have someone they know with them. For others it is running away from large crowds. Challenge yourself to eliminate those behaviors and be uncomfortable sometimes.
It is important to stay mindful of what you are doing and how you are feeling. You should never push yourself too hard or put yourself in a situation too far out of your comfort zone. Remember to take small steps towards improvement because you are less likely to take steps back that way.
Let go of perfection.
Like I said before, you will never be perfect. No one ever is. So it’s important to remember while you can, and should, improve that there is no way you will ever be perfect and completely overcome the anxiety you face in social situations. Let go of that idea and I promise it will get easier.
Don’t let your fears hold you back.
It’s really easy not to do something because we are afraid. It’s super common and it’s something most people struggle with. However, you can’t let fear hold you back from making friends and building connections because if you do you will miss out on more than you know.
Talk to a therapist.
And finally, if you are struggling so much that you feel like you can’t work through it alone, just know that there are people you can talk to. There is no shame in going to therapy and getting the help that you need. Therapy is a great way to help you work through the things holding you back so you can move forward.
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