Tips for Success Handling Social Anxiety

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Social anxiety is a widespread disorder that affects millions of people on every corner of the earth.

In the united states, 37 percent of women and nearly 30 percent of men are faced with challenges related to social anxiety.

It is characterized by a strong aversion to social circumstances such as public speaking, attending social gatherings, or even simply meeting new people.

It can have crippling effects.

Anxiety can be genetic, starting from the early years of childhood, and can cause anger and even memory problems.

Many people see social anxiety as a substantial obstacle to developing relationships, excelling in their careers, and living life to the fullest.

You are not alone if you suffer from social anxiety, and there are tactics you can use to manage your symptoms and handle social situations more easily.

This blog will go through some of the most successful strategies for dealing with social anxiety and help you to regain confidence and boldly handle any social setting.


Anxiety Therapists in Colorado

Sydnee Wheeler, LPCC

Sydnee Wheeler, LPCC

Aurora, Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Alyssa Hodge, LPC

Alyssa Hodge, LPC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Meghan Purcell, LPCC

Meghan Purcell, LPCC

Pueblo, Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Carrie Nelson, MS, LPCC

Carrie Nelson, MS, LPCC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Naomi Kettner, LPC, NCC

Naomi Kettner, LPC, NCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Jacquelynne Sils, LPCC

Jacquelynne Sils, LPCC

Colorado
(719) 696-3439
Donna Janiec, LPC, NCC

Donna Janiec, LPC, NCC

Colorado
(719) 345-2424
Laura Hunt, LPC

Laura Hunt, LPC

Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Bonna Machlan, Ph.D., LPC, CAS

Bonna Machlan, Ph.D., LPC, CAS

Colorado
(719) 452-4374
Marta Schmuki, LPC

Marta Schmuki, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 203-7021
Kimberly Nefflen, LPCC

Kimberly Nefflen, LPCC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Brenda Hermosillo, SWC

Brenda Hermosillo, SWC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121
Kristen Yamaoka-Los, LPC

Kristen Yamaoka-Los, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 481-3518
Bethany Cantrell, LPC

Bethany Cantrell, LPC

Colorado Springs, Colorado
(719) 602-1342
Katherine Miller, LPCC

Katherine Miller, LPCC

Colorado
(720) 449-4121

Practice Relaxation Techniques

Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or progressive muscle relaxation, are effective approaches to treating social anxiety.

These techniques can help you calm your body and mind, minimizing physical signs of anxiety including a racing heart, perspiration, and trembling.

When you're feeling apprehensive in a social environment, consider taking a few deep breaths or imagining a peaceful scene.

Regularly practicing relaxation techniques will help you acquire a better sense of calm and resilience, making social situations less intimidating.

By building the baseline of relaxation, when outside of social settings you will begin to develop the skills that are inherent to remaining calm and overcoming the effects of anxiety in social settings.

If you can build your self-confidence, this can be a great way to battle anxiety.

As the image you view yourself as becomes more positive and you see changes in your physical body, you will develop a sense of worthiness and this will lower the effects of social anxiety.

With everything in life, physical exercise is a great way to lead to latent effects of relaxation in your body.

Why stimulating your muscles and brain will increase your serotonin levels and this will lead to blissful effects in the following hours.



Challenge Negative Thoughts

Perpetual negative thoughts and ideas about yourself and others is common in social anxiety.

For instance, you may believe that "everyone is judging me" or that "I'm not interesting enough to talk to."

These ideas can be incredibly uncomfortable and can exacerbate your anxiety, making social situations miserable.

One effective technique to combat negative beliefs is to question their veracity.

Are these thoughts supported by facts, or are they only assumptions or beliefs?

After you've recognized the underlying assumptions, strive to reframe them to be more positive and reasonable.

Instead of telling yourself, "Everyone is judging me," tell yourself, "It's normal to feel nervous in social situations, and most people are too busy worrying about themselves to notice."


Prepare for Social Situations

If you're nervous about a social event, such as a job interview or a party, planning ahead of time can help with this problem.

This could include preparing answers to popular interview questions or thinking about what you will talk to people about at the party.

With a strategy in place, you can feel more confident and in charge, which will reduce your worry.

Additionally, as you acquire experience and understand what works best for you, preparing for social events can help you feel more comfortable and confident in social situations over time.

When you compare your third or fourth party to your first, you will see how far you have truly come.


Available Social Anxiety Counselors

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Felicia Gray, MS, LPC

Your path to healing begins here.

Pueblo, Colorado

(719) 696-3439

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Sarah Webster, SWC

The grass isn't greener on the other side, it's greener where you water it.

Colorado

(719) 696-3439

Start Small

If you're just getting started with social anxiety management, it's crucial to start small and build your way up gradually.

This could include practicing social skills with a trusted friend or family member or going to low-stress social events like a small gathering with coworkers.

By taking little moves, you can gradually increase your confidence and expand your comfort zone.

Remember that growth is not always linear; some days will be more difficult than others, but every step forward is a success.

Kind your mind focused on where you want to be in the future and this vision will help you grow steadily.

Every new experience will be one step closer to your dream version of yourself.

Focus on the Present moment

A preoccupation with the past or future is a significant aspect of social anxiety.

You could be worrying about a social event that hasn't even occurred yet, or you could be brooding on a previous interaction that didn't go well.

To deal with social anxiety, it's critical to stay present and grounded in reality. This may entail employing mindfulness techniques such as observing your environment or paying attention to your breath.

Staying present allows you to reduce worry and appreciate the situation more thoroughly.

Truly all that exists is this current moment, so focus on that and appreciate every aspect, good or bad.

As every experience is a chance to grow and learn.

Conclusion

Remember that social anxiety is a common ailment that, with the correct methods and assistance, can be managed.

Practice the techniques we have discussed in this blog, and as always, reach out to professional help for more assistance.

With Social anxiety being such a prevalent problem these days, professionals have been well-trained and have the experience to help you.

You may navigate social situations more easily and create lasting relationships with people by practicing relaxation techniques, challenging negative thoughts, preparing for social settings, starting small, focusing on the present now, and getting expert help. 

Don't let social anxiety keep you from living the life you desire; take the first step toward anxiety management today.

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