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Overcoming Social Anxiety

 

 

If you are not a naturally sociable person, social events may be difficult and you may often avoid them. Despite this, human interaction is a part of our everyday lives, and is much better than ending up lonely a few years down the line.

Here are a few top tips to help you overcome your social anxiety if you are heading off to a social occasion:

1. Pretend to be confident

You may be nervous about coming across socially awkward to others who are confident in social situations. Put on a front to allow your mind to believe that you are in a happy environment and join in with conversations. It would be easier to sit in the corner and dwell on your anxieties, but this attitude won’t help you in the long term. Don’t let the fear stop you from introducing yourself to new people, and believe that you are the same as everyone else - because you are.

2. Ask questions

Asking questions takes the pressure off you when you are forced into a social situation. Once you ask a question, you can relax knowing that you can listen to the answer without having to speak for long periods of time about yourself. It also shows interest, which is a great trait to have in social situations, as well as masking the fact that you are shy. Try to ask open-ended questions rather than those with ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers to really get to know the person that you are talking to.

3. Focus on body language

If you are feeling anxious, it is normal for your body to appear uninviting and edgy. Try and recognise your body language so that you are able to get rid of negative feelings that are making you tense up. Non-verbal communication is important in social situations as it says a lot about your character. The last thing you are looking for is to come across negatively - therefore try and relax, take deep breaths and hold your head high.

 

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