Is Social Anxiety Holding You Back?
If you’re someone who struggles with social anxiety, I just want you to know that you’re not alone. It can be tough to navigate social situations when you’re feeling anxious and uncomfortable, but there are things you can do to help manage those symptoms.
Helpful Tips for Social Anxiety:
- Deep breathing can be a lifesaver. When you’re feeling anxious, take slow, deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth. Focus on filling up those lungs and releasing the air slowly. It can really help you calm down.
- Try to challenge those negative thoughts that often come with social anxiety. Don’t believe everything you think! Question those negative thoughts and replace them with more positive and realistic ones.
- Focus on the present moment. It’s easy to get caught up in worrying about the future or dwelling on the past, but try to pay attention to what’s happening around you right now. Use your senses to ground yourself – what can you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch?
- Take small steps. If you’re feeling nervous about a particular social situation, try breaking it down into smaller, more manageable steps. For example, if you’re scared of public speaking, start by practicing in front of a close friend or family member.
- Positive self-talk. Encourage yourself with affirmations and reminders that you’re capable of handling social situations. You’ve got this!
- Team up with a Social-Emotional Mentor. They provide a safe, relaxed, and supportive space to practice new social skills, offer feedback and guidance, and help you build confidence. It’s a slow and steady approach to increasing self-esteem and feeling more comfortable while out in the world.
Social anxiety can be tough, but you can absolutely learn to manage it with the right strategies and support. Even just being on this page means you’re one step closer!
Hi, I'm Jackie
I’m a Social-Emotional Mentor based in Guelph, Ontario. I help people feel happier and healthier through developmental relationships.
During frequent and consistent high-quality 1-on-1 time, we can decrease stress and anxiety, while increasing confidence, and developing life skills and healthy habits.