6 Ways To Overcome Social Anxiety 😟


Dr. Sam Bailey


Published on Jul 14, 2020

How do you know you have Social Anxiety? Can Social Anxiety be cured? Dr Sam explains 6 ways to overcome Social Anxiety.

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What is Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety is a type of anxiety disorder that is much more than just being shy – it's an intense fear that when you are in a social situation you will be judged, humiliated or embarrassed.
Most people with social anxiety know that it's not rational to be so scared of social situations, but they feel they can't control their fear.
Social anxiety can sometimes occur when doing common things when others are around - such as eating, speaking, drinking, writing or going to the bathroom. It can lead to withdrawing from contact with others and affecting your everyday activities, self-confidence, relationships, and work or school life. Social anxiety often starts in your pre-teen years.

What are the SYMPTOMS of Social Anxiety?
* worry about your performance and being judged by others when you are in social situations
* dread or avoid everyday activities, such as meeting strangers, starting conversations, speaking on the phone, catching public transport, or talking to shop assistants
* avoid or worry a lot about social activities, such as group conversations, eating with company, and going to parties
* worry about doing something in public that you think is embarrassing, such as blushing, sweating, or making some social error
* find it difficult to do things when others might be watching – like eating, drinking, or writing
* often have symptoms such as feeling queasy, hot, sweating, trembling or a pounding heartbeat (palpitations) when anticipating or entering social situations
* have panic attacks panic attacks, where there is an overwhelming sense of fear and anxiety (usually only for a few minutes).

What are the CAUSES of Social Anxiety?
* A specific incident or event – if you experienced shame or humiliation in a particular situation, you may develop anxiety about similar situations or experiences that you associate with that event.
* Family environment – parents who were very worried or anxious when you were growing up can have an effect on the way you cope with anxiety in later life, and you may even develop the same anxiety as a parent or older sibling.
* Genetics – some people appear to be born with a tendency to be more anxious than others, which can develop into an anxiety disorder.
* Long-term stress – this can cause feelings of anxiety and depression, and reduce your perceived ability to cope in particular situations. This can make you feel more fearful or anxious about being in those situations again, and over a long period, may increase your anxiety about those situations.

Sleep Hygiene Tips:
* Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning, including on the weekends
* Make sure your bedroom is quiet, dark, relaxing, and at a comfortable temperature
* Remove electronic devices, such as TVs, computers, and smart phones, from the bedroom
* Avoid large meals, caffeine, and alcohol before bedtime
* Get some exercise. Being physically active during the day can help you fall asleep more easily at night.

If you or someone you know is in immediate danger or crisis, please call a local emergency telephone number or go immediately to the nearest emergency room.

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