Did you know that almost everyone experiences social anxiety? The most common form of social anxiety is the fear of public speaking. However, for some people, social anxiety is a little bit more pervasive. It can involve fear of certain social situations, small talk, and even fear of familiar social situations. Social anxiety can be debilitating and can dramatically impact your quality of life. The good news is that everyone experiences social anxiety in varying degrees from time to time. The other good news is that there are ways to handle it and deal with it in a healthy manner. Check out these ways to deal with your social anxiety.
1. Work With a Therapist
It’s amazing what therapy can do for you. Therapy can truly transform you from the inside out. It can also help with your social anxiety. If your social anxiety is affecting your day to day life like your personal or professional life, it’s probably time to seek help. A little nervousness is totally normal but you shouldn’t be afraid to live your life and you don’t have to be.
2. Create an Exposure Hierarchy
Some social situations are easier to handle than others and everyone is different. For some people speaking to a barista is the top of the hierarchy, while for others, going to a party with friends sits at the top. If you can sit down and list out which situations are your worst nightmare and which are manageable you can slowly learn to expose yourself to situations you might not like. You can also make yourself aware of social situations that make you incredibly anxious and if possible, avoid them.
3. Stay Rational
The hardest part about social anxiety is getting out of your head and staying rational. The best way to stay rational is to remember that everyone around you is dealing with their own inner workings. It’s quite possible that someone else in the room is also experiencing an internal meltdown. The best way to stay rational is to stay kind. Treat everyone with kindness and remember we’re all out here just trying to do the best we can with what we have.
If social anxiety is impacting your daily life, please give us a call. You don’t have to be afraid to live your life. Gain control and get your confidence back with the help of one of our highly trained counselors. We’re here to help you navigate life with confidence and strength.