How To Beat Social Anxiety

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Introduction:

Here’s a post about beating social anxiety, How To Beat Social Anxiety which as someone with a history of it myself, is quite a personal post.⁠

Social anxiety for me used to be so bad that I would sit below my apartment block for 2-3 hours every day, just repeating the social events of the past day in my head and rehearsing for the next day.

As I do my research on social anxiety, the more I realize that yes, as scary as it sounds, exposure is probably the factor that helps you get out of it the most. ⁠

And the only way to do that is to accept that yes, it’s going to suck, and yes, you’re going to have some rejections here and there…but most of it is really an exaggeration of the threat.

What helped me greatly was realizing that very few people cared about how I looked as much as I did, hence there was no point in living a life constrained by those boundaries I set up for myself.

8 Ways to Beat Social Anxiety:

1. Focus on the present and resist the urge to contemplate:

Enjoy the moment instead of thinking about yourself or your impression. Try focusing 100% on tasks such as listening fully to the other person and knowing more about them.

2. Remember that you are your own worst critic:

People usually don’t see you as poorly as you do yourself they probably don’t even care because they’re so focused on their own problems!

3. Be okay with rejection:

Even if people reject you, is it really the end of the world? Or does life go on? The truth is that even if someone does reject you, you can still find people who accept you.

4. Try telling yourself, “It’s not that bad because”

For example, “Yes, I stuttered, but it’s not that bad because the rest of the speech was good and I made them laugh too! So it’s not as bad as I think.”

5. Try relaxation techniques before social situations

Also known as systematic desensitization, this involves relaxation methods e.g. deep breathing whilst thinking of a scary social situation, calming you down. As you get better you can do this before real situations too.

6. Do not suppress your anxiety — feel it and release it:

It may be tempting to ignore your anxiety, but it will still find its way back. Instead, feel the anxiety and release it, perhaps through activities like sprinting, dancing, or shouting by yourself.

7. Just do it instead of avoiding it!

It is tempting to avoid fears like social interactions or performances. However, doing so only teaches your brain that avoidance is the right way. Only through doing it will you realize it’s not as bad as it seems and beat it for good.

8. Start small instead of expecting big changes quickly

Even if talking to one person a day is what’s manageable for you, set that goal and celebrate that. Ignore the temptation to compare yourself to others.

Beat Social Anxiety
Beat Social Anxiety

Conclusion:

As someone with a history of social anxiety, I know how hard it is. You feel like there’s something missing in you that other people are naturally born with — the ability to interact with people normally.
Yet, the way out is still through repeated exposure, no matter how uncomfortable, is the best way to overcome it. Of course, please remember to take breaks and reward yourself at the same time.

Note:

So in This Post, How To Beat Social Anxiety What other points can you think of/have experienced? Let me know in the comments.

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