Social Anxiety: You Can Overcome It
Studies reveal that social anxiety can begin even at a young age of thirteen. A person may even grow up and live life without knowing he or she has this disorder. One might believe that it is something normal and that he or she will never be able to get over it.
Because many of those who have social anxiety disorder fail to realize what they have, they end up never opening up to anybody about it and allows the disorder to get deeper.
However, we are here to tell you that you can overcome social anxiety.
What Is Social Anxiety?
Social anxiety is a disorder where a person consistently feels anxiousness in an irrational and sometimes extreme manner. Those who suffer from this mental condition tend to avoid social interactions.
Signs And Symptoms Of Social Anxiety
Just to make it clear, this disorder is different from shyness. People with this kind of mental disorder are crippled by it in that it affects their social interactions. They have trouble speaking in public as well as speaking in a group. Spending time in public places, eating in front of others, dating, going to work or to school. These are among the few situations that patients feel most anxious about.
Having this kind of fear makes the person extremely conscious but only because of their own perceptions of themselves and of the world. They think that they will be humiliated and judged by those around them. Also, being the center of attention is something that one will avoid as much as he or she can.
There also physical signs and symptoms you can easily spot. Rapid heartbeat, dizziness, inability to breathe properly and muscle tension are among a few.
We’d like to make a distinction by using an example. Stage fright is normal. Some people are lucky not to ever go through it. However, those with a social anxiety disorder will feel deeply nervous beforehand. So much so that they quit right before they begin. Or that if they do go through with a performance or a presentation, they will let thoughts of “how was it?” or “they must’ve hated it” run through their minds so that they are unable to do anything productive.
Overcome Social Anxiety
First, acknowledge that you have SAD. Don’t be afraid that you have it. It’s treatable and you will be able to surpass it if you are determined to. You shouldn’t look down on yourself for having SAD. It’s a human condition, a human disorder. To add, do not beat yourself down for having it. You are not alone.
Second, keep a journal so you can record challenges, behaviors you’d like to change and milestones. That way, you’ll be able to track just where you are. To add, you can reward yourself for that which you are able to do better, or even overcome. Having a self-reward system helps in conditioning your brain to understand that there is a reward in getting through this disorder.
Third, be healthy. Yup, we’re talking about being mindful about what you eat and how you exercise. Keeping fit is actually a way to boost your confidence. When you feel healthy, you are able to do so much more than someone who isn’t. We’re not saying you should turn into a fitness freak. Just stick to the food pyramid and you’ll be alright.
Fourth, go out and do it! Challenge yourself and put yourself out there. It might be a bit (if not a lot) of an adjustment on your part. But trust us, it’s worth it. You too will find that it is.