Social anxiety affects about 7 percent of adults, and it’s twice as common in women than in men.
You may feel uncomfortable around others in general or in particular situations.
Common triggers include public speaking, eating, large crowds, and interacting with strangers.
The condition usually develops early in life. You’re likely to see the first symptoms when you’re a child or in your 20s.
Both emotional and physical reactions are involved. Your mind may go blank, and your heart rate may speed up. You may have trouble speaking and making eye contact, along with blushing and trembling.
Keep in mind that social anxiety is more than ordinary shyness. The symptoms are so intense that they disrupt your life or cause significant distress. However, the success rate is high if you seek appropriate care and work on your coping skills.
While some medical conditions are obvious for anyone to see, social anxiety is often invisible to others. That alone may help you to feel a little more at ease while you explore your options for managing your condition.
Consider therapy. Hypnotherapy can play an important part in your recovery. You’ll work with a Hypnotherapist who can help you let go of past stress, triggers and concerns. Starting to increase self belief and realising you can make these changes with a little help.
Consider medication. Although I believe this is simply a band aid and does not treat the underlying causes of the anxiety.
Accept yourself. There are steps you can take on your own too. You might find that your symptoms are less severe if you acknowledge your feelings instead of resisting them. Replace self-criticism with gentle and reassuring words.
Avoid overthinking. Do you replay conversations in your head and dwell on awkward moments? Let go of the past and focus on what you can differently next time.
Start small. Each time you face your fears, you teach yourself that you’re stronger than you think. Begin with minor challenges and work your way up. One small step at a time.
Engage in small talk. Social anxiety can make it difficult to develop your communication skills. Take advantage of opportunities to boost your self-image and abilities by initiating pleasant conversations. Just a small hello, with someone you know can help to slowly start off.
Act confident. Imagine what your life would be like if you had more faith in yourself. Just looking more poised can enhance your performance and win others over to your side. Notice if you slump, and try to stand up straighter when you can. Tiny steps can lead to so much more.
Try these tips:
1. Practice self-care. Lower your stress levels and pay attention to your mental and physical health. Eat a balanced diet. Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Quit smoking and use alcohol and caffeine in moderation. Accept that it is ok to care for yourself.
2. Exercise regularly. Physical activity is one of the most effective ways to relax safely. Treat yourself to a membership at a local gym or exercise studio. Just a little walk around the block or even in your backyard can help.
3. Breathe deeply. For fast relief, learn calming breathing techniques. Put your hand on your stomach and chest, so you can slow down, and feel the air entering and leaving your body.
4. Seek social support. Ask your family and friends for help when you need it. You may also want to join a support group where you can share your experiences with others who are working to overcome anxiety issues.
Many experts believe that social anxiety has genetic and environmental causes often tied to difficult experiences in childhood. However, effective treatments are available that can help you change old patterns and lead a happier life.
Charlestown Hypnotherapy has helped hundreds of clients let go of anxiety and begin a new life. You can call or even text if you wish.