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How to overcome social anxiety?


Aastha Roy

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Social anxiety falls amongst those activities which can affect all areas of a person's life. It can make it difficult to make friends, finding romantic partners, finding work, building a career or even getting through the daily struggle of life. Even though social anxiety can be debilitating, but the best treatment method involves combining cognitive behavioral therapy along with medication if necessary. But before going for therapy and medications, there are some self-help ways which can help overcome this;

Figure out what you are avoiding

People with social anxiety tend to steer clear of anxiety-inducing situations and so when a socially anxious person goes to a party or any other place where there is a crowd, then the anxiety gears up. But when they opt not to go then the anxiety immediately deflates. This decrease in anxiety is paired up with the decision to avoid the party. As such, it becomes a reward for avoidance with the reward being less anxiety. This reinforces the fear of bad or negative social evaluation even if the individual doesn't experience social humiliation at all. For this, an individual will have to practice putting themselves in social situations and maintain their ground to reinforce the fact that nothing is going to happen. Slowly the anxiety will subside. Understand that confronting your fear is empowering.

Work with a therapist

If you think social anxiety is taking over you, you should consider taking the help of a therapist. A therapist can help you overcome your anxiety. Look for a therapist that specializes in anxiety disorders. Share your problems with your therapist so that he/she can understand what you are going through. Don’t hide anything from your therapist. Express your problems clearly so that your therapist can help you to get back to your normal life.

Improve your health

It is important that you take care of your physical health. Having poor health can also contribute to your social anxiety. Regular exercise can help you to stay fit and keep your body healthy. You should also eat healthily and follow a balanced diet. In short, you should do everything in your power to keep yourself healthy. This may help you to keep away social anxiety from entering your life.

Always try confronting your fears rather than hiding behind them; it will help you in improving your situation a lot.

Read more:  What are the best ways to manage anxiety?

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