How do you cope with social anxiety?
Around 15 million Americans suffer from social anxiety but many cases go unrecognized as this is attributed to shyness or depression. This is quite a large number and the malady appears as an intense fear of being judged or rejected by others when they are in a social situation. They are fearful that they might embarrass or humiliate themselves and this translates into physical signs of anxiety such as blushing, shaking, or sweating.
The typical physical symptoms that could manifest are dizziness, nausea, vomiting, shaking, trembling, an increase in the heart rate, difficulty in focusing, blushing, an urge to use the toilet, sweating, the mind going blank, a desire to escape from the situation and so on. The behavioural symptoms include avoiding the situation completely, avoiding similar situations, staying quiet, avoiding looking at others, keeping the focus on oneself, trying to keep the attention of others away from themselves and so on.
How to cope
If you face social anxiety, try these tips. Focus yourself on what people are doing and saying rather than what they are thinking about you. Take heart that your anxiety is never as visible as you think, you might be nervous on the inside but another person might not even notice. Keep your mind on the present moment and do not divert it to thoughts of dreadful scenarios taking place inside your mind.
Learn to control your breathing
When you learn to slow your breathing down, this will go a long way in helping you bring your physical symptoms of anxiety back under control. Learn breathing exercises.
Face your fears
The best way to get over social anxiety is to face your fears by embracing social situations rather than avoiding them. As you start getting into it, slowly you will find that your fears subside and people are nicer than you had thought.