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Some Effective Ways to Deal With Social Anxiety

  • Posted at Dec 8, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Some Effective Ways to Deal With Social Anxiety

It’s normal to not feel comfortable in any and every scenario. But, social anxiety is more than feeling uncomfortable from time to time. Rather, it’s experiencing overwhelming anxiety in social situations that can become socially debilitating. Fortunately, there are a few things that people who are living with social anxiety can do. There are ways to deal with social anxiety in everyday life that can reduce the severity of symptoms.

Some healthy and effective ways to deal with social anxiety can include:

Pay Attention to Your Surroundings

One helpful thing to do in social settings in order to take some pressure off is to focus on the things that are happening around you. This can assist with changing your thinking – rather than focusing on yourself, you can work towards focusing on the people around you and what they’re doing and saying. Furthermore, it can be useful to remind yourself that in most cases, no one is focusing on what you’re doing or saying as much as you initially think. So, try to keep your mind on conversations, what’s going on around you, and being in the moment.

Manage Anxiety With Helpful Coping Techniques

Coping techniques like relaxation methods can help to manage stress and anxiety in times of social anxiety. These can include breathing techniques, meditation, and leaving a social setting for a bit in order to better relax. Using these techniques can help get you back into the right headspace and manage bodily reactions to social anxiety so that you can better manage stress in these situations.

Confront Some of Your Negative Thoughts About Social Settings

When we dwell on our anxieties about social situations it can make anxiety worse when actually being in social settings. Therefore, it can be helpful to confront the negative thoughts and feelings you have about social situations. Ask yourself why you may feel anxious about being around others or in certain situations. And, if these feelings or thoughts are actually accurate compared to the situation. It can also be helpful to challenge your thoughts and work toward changing them into positive ones. For example, if you feel anxious about seeing friends in a social setting, it may be helpful to think about how it is positive to be around your friends regardless of where you are meeting.

Prepare for Social Situations Before You Go

Another way to combat social anxiety is to prepare yourself for going out in public before you go. This can mean taking care of your personal needs and utilizing stress management coping tools before you leave the house. It can also mean practicing what you’ll do if you feel overwhelmed, like who you’ll talk to about how you’re feeling or even an escape plan.

Getting Help for Social Anxiety

Finally, the best way to manage social anxiety is to get professional help. Therapeutic tools and professional assistance can help to teach you how to utilize helpful tools in managing debilitating levels of anxiety. For example, the programs and services available at Yellowbrick Program help to offer support to emerging adults who may be living with overwhelming anxiety and disorders such as social phobia. Find out more about how we help emerging adults with a variety of mental health conditions at our facility location in Evanston, IL from our website.

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