Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if I say something stupid?”
It can be overwhelming to interact with others, especially when it’s around a large group of people. Maybe you are concerned how others may judge you in social situations. Perhaps you avoid situations because you anticipate the anxiety that you might encounter.
If you have found that your social anxiety has negatively impacted your life, please seek a mental health professional.
Here are 3 tips for overcoming social anxiety:
Set limits for yourself
Try not to do too much at once. Set the expectation with yourself and others that you will only “stop by” to a party or to an event. We’re letting ourselves know that we can tolerate the anxiety once we go. By attending this event, we are challenging ourselves. This statement sets the tone that you will show up, but eases the pressure on you to say for an extended period of time. Make a pact with yourself to show up for a set amount of time. Let’s say that you show up for 20 minutes or an hour. That’s a step and congratulate yourself for accomplishing it!
Remind yourself that others also share the same worries
It’s something that a lot of people struggle with and don’t necessarily share. But I want you to know that you are not alone and that others also worry about how they are perceived by others.
You are unique!
Your friends and family value you for who you are. Remind yourself that bring qualities to the room and that others appreciate your presence.