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Going out, socializing and making new friends or mingling with your old friends can be indeed great fun. However, for some of us, these tasks are not as simple as you might feel they are for you. In case, you too suffer from a condition referred to as social anxiety, situations such as the ones mentioned here can be much more than mere butterflies in your stomach or mild nervousness.

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are you suffering from social anxiety know these

Are You Suffering From Social Anxiety? Know These 5 Ways to Curb Them

Going out, socializing and making new friends or mingling with your old friends can be indeed

great fun. However, for some of us, these tasks are not as simple as you might feel they are for

you. In case, you too suffer from a condition referred to as social anxiety, situations such as the

ones mentioned here can be much more than mere butterflies in your stomach or mild

nervousness. They can be a significant source of your fear, self-doubt, hesitation, anxiety, and

distress. In case, you feel that you are the only one who is struggling with such emotions, be

assured that many people go through a similar turmoil. It is entirely reasonable to suffer from

social anxiety. Do not consider yourself as a weak or abnormal person. Anxiety is the number one

reported mental health issue and anxiety therapy could help. Many people just don’t talk about

it, so we get the idea that everyone else is so confident and self-assured. That is not the case.

Remember many people will struggle with anxiety at some point in their lives. So you are not

alone, and you also deserve fulfillment and happiness in life.

When anxiety and stress are making you stay away from social situations and avoid pleasant

experiences, you should know how to manage it and come out mastering your emotions. Here

are 5 top tips to bring down social anxiety. Try them out since they can help you to regain control,

experience more happiness and feel more relaxed.

Start challenging your fear

You need to invite yourself to come out of that comfort zone and face fear boldly. While it may

be quite a scary thing to do so initially, you will feel more rewarding rather than surrendering and

succumb to it while staying away from social situations. Don’t wait for your nervousness to be

gone. Walk into it slowly. Being hesitant and nervous is still okay, and know that anxiety takes

time to dissipate. However, if you start avoiding people, places, and friends, you can never win

this challenge. Begin the process with something simple, which you know you may handle better

and then gradually work on more robust challenges.

Rethink and challenge your thought process

Many people just think about themselves. That does not mean they are egoistic or snobs. In fact,

just think about the insecurities faced by them. You will be surprised to know that several people

who appear outwardly confident and self-assured may also be fighting hesitation and self-doubts

like you. Thus, even when you feel anxious what others might be thinking about you in a gathering

or a party, many of them may also be going through a similar dilemma. It makes sense to change

the way your thought process runs. You need to challenge your thinking about why you feel

anxious about a particular social situation. You can then evaluate and assess your concerns

honestly, but remember when you do this be kind to yourself. Look at it from a place of curiosity.

Channelize your focus and attention on other people

your thought process could be controlled

Your thought process could be controlled by anxiety so make sure that you redirect your thoughts

elsewhere. For instance, you can make new relationships and try to engage people who are

around you. Ask open-ended questions to these people and pay attention to what they say. Make

them feel at ease by nodding when they speak, encourage them and keep smiling.

Unintentionally, you could get to know a few interesting, kind and genuine people this way.

Have a check on your breathing

Your breath is a great way to calm your body and nervous system. You start breathing very fast

every time anxiety comes over you. It may even reach the level of hyperventilation at times. So

mindfully slowing your breath can have the opposite effect. Since you were most likely already

anxious and stressed to start with, you could make an effort to calm your body earlier in the day

using meditation and mindfulness exercises. Meditation helps you avoid other symptoms like

muscle weakness, sweating, heart palpitations and lightheadedness.

Opt for professional help for social anxiety

In case you have tried going through the path of self-help but did not get good results, do not

worry as there are other choices. Today, modern medicine provides some useful and excellent

options with marginal or no side effects. In fact, modern medicine and natural remedies can be

both used together so that your life is improved. Anxiety Therapy such as cognitive behavioral

therapy (CBT) has been shown in research to have a reliable positive outcome. A research study

publishes in the Journal of Anxiety therapist long beach show that participants maintain positive

results up to three years after anxiety therapy.