I’m back today with a very special post! I’m honored to introduce a very talented fellow blogger, Paige Butler! To check out her other blog posts, you can see her blog here. You can also follow her on social media at the links she provided at the bottom.
I haven’t talked much about anxiety in my blog yet, so I figured this would be a great way to start.
Here I have for you, 5 ways to cope with social anxiety.
Handing it over to Paige now:
Five Ways to Cope with Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety effects 40% of adults. It’s so much more common than you might think. I’ve personally struggled with it for the majority of my life.
Here are five coping mechanisms that have helped me with my social anxiety, that might help you, too:
1. GROUNDING – I learned about “grounding” last year. Here’s how it works: look around you and find five things you can see, four things you can touch, three things you can hear, two things you can smell, and one thing you can taste. This technique helps bring your senses back to reality.
2. BREATHING EXERCISES – Take deep, slow breaths. Inhale through your nose, hold it for three seconds, then exhale through your mouth. Concentrate on your breathing, and not everything going on around you. This also helps to get your heart rate back to normal.
3. START SMALL – Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If social events are hard for you, start small. If a trip to the grocery store is all you can handle, that’s fine. You do not have to say yes to every single thing you’re invited to. You have to learn that it’s o.k. to say no, for the sake of your own sanity.
4. BE RATIONAL – This is the hardest piece of advice in here. When anxiety kicks in, it’s extremely hard to stay level-headed. The irrational side of the brain steps up, and all of a sudden everyone hates you, you’re not good enough, and you look bad. Those bad thoughts are all you can concentrate on. But, you have to fight those thoughts, and tell yourself it’s just the anxiety.
5. MAKE GOALS – Having goals to work towards is helpful. Make a list of things you want to accomplish. Start with the easiest thing on your list and work up to the hardest ones. Reaching a goal will give you such a feeling of accomplishment. And, before you know it, the hard goals don’t seem so hard.
Social anxiety sucks. There’s no getting around that. Hopefully these tips and tricks help to make it a little more bearable for you.
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