Social Anxiety does not have to control your life or how you may view coming into contact with others in the real world. According to the MayoClinic social anxiety disorder, is also called social phobia. Social phobia can happen during everyday interactions causing significant anxiety, self-consciousness, and embarrassment.

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All of these things can happen simply because you fear being scrutinized or judged negatively by others. I am here to let you know that you should not feel alone or cast any unnecessary judgment upon yourself because you may have social anxiety. 

Feelings of having an upset stomach, nauseous, dizziness, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tension are all symptoms of social anxiety. Things like taking a move to an unfamiliar city, starting a new job, speaking in front of a large crowd for a major presentation, hanging with friends late at night, or even going out on a date alone are situations that can ignite feelings of anxiety. It’s time to have a sigh of relief because there are ways to alleviate the stress before it begins. Here are a few tips on how to reduce anxiety in social settings.

Remember who you are always and in all ways.

No matter how you may feel just remember who you are. You are powerful. You are capable. You are magnetic. You are not what anyone says, thinks, or labels you. When in public, it’s best to take deep breaths inhaling and exhaling through your nose to keep a good posture. 

It is essential that you realize that no one has the right to judge you in any light. Bask in your inner strength and self-assurance yourself. 

Don’t force yourself to smile just focus on nodding

Force smiling to seem genuine eventually catch up to your mental health. You don’t have to fake the funk that social anxiety may cause you to be in. Simply, having a good posture and nodding can take the mental load off of you portraying an image that you don’t want to uphold. Nod and keep mental notes of how you feel about how you are portraying yourself is all that matters. 

Keep a Journal 

When was the last time you wrote down your thoughts? Well, keeping track of your personal life can help you deeply understand more about your social anxiety. Even while you are out in public you can use your voice memos on your phone to record yourself sharing your own thoughts out loud if you aren’t good with physically keeping notes of things. You can relisten to that voice memo or read the physical journal entry at a later date as you learn to master the art of social anxiety. 

Set short and long-term goals for yourself

It has been said that Rome was not built in a day. Setting short-term goals can look like you setting your alarm to get up earlier than you do unusually, meal prepping lunch so you can save money, or even simply creating an action plan to keep yourself afloat while you are in between jobs. 

Long-term goals can include things that you truly are willing to work towards while you are going through the weeks. Long-term goals can be improving your credit score, finishing up a degree, buying a new home, or saving towards a well-deserved vacation. 

Overall, the complications that stem from social anxiety may include low self-esteem, hypersensitivity to criticism, isolation and difficult social relationships, and even negative self-talk. No one has to feel down and out from any complication concerning this disorder and that includes you too. Hopefully, these tips are helpful and can aid you or someone else along the way to mastering the art of social anxiety. 

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