A complete guide to overcoming social anxiety!

Do u know what actually is anxiety? If not, let me help you with understanding this. Anxiety can be easily defined as a fear, feeling or apprehension about something that has to or can happen in the future.
Anxiety is like any other feeling just like sadness, happiness, loneliness or excitement. it is important to understand that being a little anxious before a speech, before an exam, before an important meeting or interacting with new people is normal. What makes it abnormal is the response or change it brings in you. The good news here is that it can be overcome by practicing a few easy exercises.

complete guide to overcome social anxiety

Overcoming social anxiety

Let’s now know what is social anxiety? It is the feeling of anxiety that you feel when you have to face or meet a large number of people, especially unknown or new people. Before approaching to ways of reducing social anxiety I must mention here that truth is not that all amount of the anxiety is bad. Anxiety is actually good because it helps you to be prepared and be a little cautious before important situations. Having said that it’s important to know when feeling anxious is good for you and when it’s draining your energy. Solution to this problem is that till you are able to control your anxiety and overcome it, it is normal but when you struggle to bring it under your control, that is when your alarm should buzz. 
If you feel that you are suffering from the bad spell of anxiety then you are luckily at the right place.
Fellow, before getting any further it is important for you to realize that you are not alone who is going through this trouble. There are many who suffer from this problem and undergo major mental stress. Few of them practice to overcome it and others keep suffering. Out of those who try to get out of it there is again a fraction of people who get out of it and others may not. Long story short, it’s about you and your choice to continue being a sufferer or to step over it and stand victorious. So by now if you have made your mind that you have to overcome it let’s learn how you can bring peace in your life. Sounds good, right??
So without any further delay let’s begin.

1. Accept the feeling

Yes, the foremost thing is to accept the feeling, because that is only when you can realize that it is troubling you and you need to get rid of it. Let’s take an example of a patient who when accepts his illness will definitely seek help from a doctor and will abide by the prescription plan so that his illness can be cured. Same is true in this case, you can only overcome it when you recognize the need of it.

2. Divert your attention

When in a gathering or a meeting you feel that you are becoming uncomfortable and anxious then a quick and easy remedy at that point is to divert your attention and to try to look around, see what others are doing. Training your mind to focus less on your self when you are suffering from social anxiety will help u loads.

3. Face the situation

This is really important. When after repeated attempts you fail to overcome these bad vibes you tend to avoid such situations and isolate yourself. But that is not the way to go. You need to face this reality and equip your mind with the power to override this feeling of social anxiety. This can only be done when you will put your self into such situations and enable your mind to deal with it tactfully. You will notice that as the time will pass you will become more and more comfortable in such circumstances.

4. Fake it till you make it

It is a very famous saying and I love it. I have learned a lot by using this simple rule of life. Whenever in life you feel that you might not be able to accomplish something just say this loud in your heart and believe it. As the time will pass this will do miracles for you. Same is true for this problem as well. At gatherings where you don’t usually feel comfortable, fake the feeling of being confident and relaxed, you will see that with the passage of time you will start feeling more hopeful and positive.

5. Physical exercise

Physically challenging yourself helps a lot to drain all the negative hormones out of your system and cleans all the bad emotions. It leaves your mind fresh and washes away all the negative thoughts. The physical drill can include anything you like just as a simple walk, jogging, playing basketball or cricket. You can choose any of them and make it a pivotal part of your daily routine, that is when it will benefit you. In the time to follow you will surely see a more thorough and affirmative individual in the mirror.

6. Talk to a close friend

If you feel that even trying hard you still feel down and depressed then its always good to discuss and ask for help from family and friends. As they already know you, they will understand you in a much better way and will help you in finding a solution to this problem.

7. Be consistent

We have grown up by listening to the fact that consistency is the key to success. Trying anything for a short period of time and then discontinuing it, will not benefit you at all. You need to be patient and keep practicing the skill and then surely you will outclass the battle.

8. Be kind to yourself

Remember, you are the first one to be kind to yourself. If you yourself are not kind then don’t expect this favor from others. Be happy and confident about the way you are because that is what makes you different and beautiful.

Conclusion

Falling a victim to social anxiety is really troublesome but being aware of the situation, accepting the reality and then knocking over by staying consistent with your efforts to overcome it will definitely pay off.

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sidra zaheer

I am Sidra, mom of a beautiful princess. I am a doctor by profession and a blogger at heart. I believe there are more plug-ins to my life and I am here to discover them.

6 Comments

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Rubayat · at

Great post.

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Sidra Zaheer · at

Thanx alot for liking.

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Hassaan Khan · at

Hello Sidra,

It’s a fantastic blog post.

People really need to understand anxiety so that they could cure it or ask for help.

I’m glad you talked about it. I often share my secret of dealing with being overwhelmed which is “distracting the distraction.” For example, if a headache is bothering me and I’m unable to focus on work, then I’d take a break and do something random to distract my mind. It has done wonders for me.

I’ve subscribed to your blog.

All the best!

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Danial Khawaja · at

Amazing Post!

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