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Did you know that more than 200,000 people are diagnoses with social anxiety each year? Even I suffer! You’re not alone, so here’s five tips to help you deal with your social anxiety!
5 Tips for Dealing With Social Anxiety
- Accept your anxiety. Before I leave for an event or outing, I can feel the anxiety building up. I take a deep breath and welcome it. It happens every time, and instead of freaking out, I have learned to accept it, move on and accept it’s going to happen.
- Learn that anxiety doesn’t equal reality. Normally, I end up having fun when I go out, even after my anxiety fit before I leave. Our minds are our own worst enemies sometimes and when you have anxiety it’s even worse. Learn to push through the uncertainty and allow yourself to have fun.
- Breathing. You can find tons of breathing exercises on YouTube. Learn to breath through your fear and discomfort.
- Think up the worst case scenario. Imagine you’re going to dinner. Then imagine what’s the worth thing that can happen while at dinner. Next, ask yourself if that disaster you thought up really has a chance to happen. It probably doesn’t!
- Remind yourself that you’re not alone. There are so many people out there with social anxiety. Most of the time, you’d have no idea!
The definition of social anxiety is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. It is also considered social phobia. So many people suffer from social anxiety. It’s extremely common!
I’ve dealt with social anxiety for years. I get anxious before I leave the house typically. I get anxiety when I go to events, especially when I don’t know anyone that will be there. I also get anxiety when I go places alone, even to the grocery store! Doing these five things has really helped me over the years and helps me control my anxious feelings.
Getting professional help for your anxiety is always a good idea! Talk to a doctor if you can’t seem to feel better!
I hope you found this a little helpful and remember, you’re not alone!