Do You Have Social Anxiety? Learn How to Deal With It
If you answered yes to most or all of these questions, you are probably struggling with social anxiety. But there’s nothing to worry about – it is possible to manage social anxiety and lead a happy life. All you need to do is learn how to deal with social anxiety!
Now, this combo of lack of confidence and low self-esteem can be deadly. It will keep them from mingling with fellow students. They will feel anxious to be part of a conversation, fearing they will say something silly that may lead to other’s disapproval. Many people will even mistake their social anxiety for rudeness or proudness!
However, even when this is not the case, people with social anxiety tend to over-analyze their behavior, resulting in frequent negative thoughts about themselves.
Why am I like this? Why can’t I say what’s inside my head? I hate it that I freeze in social situations. My friends probably hate me now. I am good for nothing!
Such thoughts run through their mind every day. Unable to share their troubles, they often feel judged, misunderstood, and alone. Moreover, repressing these feelings and living with fear, apprehension, and pain for years may eventually lead to depression, which is the same as opening a Pandora’s box.
In short, living with social anxiety is not easy at all. A psychotherapist, like myself, understands how frustrating social anxiety can get, which is why seeking help from a professional is the best option for people struggling with a social anxiety disorder. A professional therapist like me will be able to get to the root of the problem and help you identify the symptoms of social anxiety so that you are better equipped to manage and elevate it.
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry throat
- Muscle tension
- Stomach ache or diarrhea
- Shortness of breath
You may start getting anxious days before the event. Plus, this anxiety doesn’t end with the event. Instead, most people with social anxiety disorder spend days after the event critically analyzing their words, actions, and behavior at the event. This can cause some serious psychological distress, impacting the overall quality of life. For all these reasons, it is important to know how to deal with a social anxiety disorder if you want to lead a content and happy life.
It affects not only your personal but also your professional life. For instance, going for a job interview may seem like a nightmare for a person with a social anxiety disorder. They may dread official meetings as colleagues are expected to discuss work and socialize in these meetings. Plus, the level of anxiety that they may experience during such social interactions is so high that they don’t even remember half the things being said.
All this can be extremely frustrating, especially when you are well equipped to perform the job flawlessly but your social anxiety disorder keeps you from reaching your full potential.
According to research by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, social anxiety disorder affects nearly 15 million adults in the US alone! However, the good news is that anxiety disorders are treatable, which means that people with anxiety disorder can overcome their fears and lead a happy and healthy life. The success rate of anxiety therapy is quite high. Unfortunately, around 36% of the people with social anxiety disorder suffer silently for 10 years or more before getting help.
Make sure you don’t make the same mistake. If you are struggling with social anxiety and it is affecting your way of life, it’s time you take a stand for yourself. Control your anxiety instead of letting it control you. Let’s learn how!
Here are some methods that you can learn with me to elevate anxiety in social situations.
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Anxiety
- Cognitive Therapy: It involves examining and understanding how negative thoughts contribute to anxiety in a social setting.
- Behavioral Therapy: It involves examining how you react to situations that trigger social anxiety. From there, you can learn how to deal with social anxiety and better yourself.
However, keep in mind that CBT for anxiety should be extensive and must cover all aspects of anxiety to be fully effective.
- Practice Mindfulness
- Build Mental Strength
These are just a few methods that we can explore to help elevate your social anxiety. Remember, social anxiety disorder is common and manageable. So, don’t let it dictate your life.
It’s time you take control of the situation, find the root cause of your social anxiety, and target the underlying problem. A better life is just around the corner. So, seek help today and allow me to help you lead a life full of love and happiness!