5 Tips to Help Cure Social Anxiety

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If you suffer from social anxiety than you know how debilitating it can be. This fear of being judged or not measuring up can be so paralyzing that it can prevent a person from leaving their home.

Everyone deals with some form of anxiety in life but how they react or overcome from that anxiety determines if it is considered social anxiety disorder or not. One trigger can ignite a full-blown anxiety attack, for which there is a society anxiety cure.

1. Modify Unhelpful Thoughts

Almost every social anxiety episode begins with a negative thought. You might think that someone will view you as stupid, or that you will look foolish. Challenge these thoughts.

First, acknowledge them and then challenge them. Question these thoughts and sort through the answers to the questions.

For example, if the unhelpful thought suggest that you would look foolish if you go to the school dance. Ask yourself what would make you look foolish. It can’t be your looks because you are an attractive looking person. Could it be your outfit? Pull your outfit out and give it a good once over. It is a nice outfit and it fits nicely on you so why would you look foolish.

The idea is to continue with challenging and replacing the unhelpful thoughts with helpful and balanced solutions. This is known as cognitive behavioral therapy and you can incorporate into you own life.

2. Stop Playing Mind Reader

Okay this suggestion might seem odd but if you really think about it you are trying to play mind reader because if you really could read minds you wouldn’t have a phobia of what others were thinking. You would know that they were not thinking about you at all and that most if not all was worrying about what others were thinking just like you. Whew! That was a mouth full.

Focus instead on what’s happening around you and not what other people might be thinking. For example, in a conversation, listen more to what is being said rather than what you think he or she is thinking.

3. Control Your Breathing

A society anxiety cure in its own right is controlling your breathing. As people who deal with social anxiety, our breathing stops in the center of our chest. That short distance isn’t healthy and adds to the feeling of being anxious. It’s as if you start to hyperventilate because you aren’t getting enough air, which can lead to lightheadedness, heart rate increase, and tensed muscles.

Instead, purposely focus on your breathing making sure that each time you inhale it expands your stomach. This tip is so relaxing and shifts your focus to something more important. Check out these relaxation techniques for more information.

4. Make Lifestyle Adjustments

Making small lifestyles changes can help to cure society anxiety. For example, incorporate regular yoga or Tai Chi classes in your life. Surround yourself with a supportive group of people that care about you. Limiting caffeine, drinking beverages with alcohol less often and getting plenty of sleep all will work in your favor.

5. Face Your Fears

Okay, that subtitle is scary but before you shut down read a little further and you will see that, it really is possible. It is natural to avoid something we fear but that only adds to our fear of the situation. What you will see is that when you face what it is that you fear, it somehow isn’t as terrifying as you built it up to be. The key factor is taking baby steps.

No one is suggesting that if your fear is of standing in front of a large audience, you just go out there. The suggestion here is to start small. Use three or four people to practice your speech with and work your way up to six or seven and so on. Check out my article on how to overcome fear of public speaking.

To cure social anxiety it may take several forms. Above were just five tips to help cure your social anxiety that has nothing to do with medication. This isn’t to suggest that taking medication is a bad thing. It is just offering five alternative options in case medication isn’t needed.

If you have any more tips on how to cure social anxiety please share below!

Best of luck!


One Response to 5 Tips to Help Cure Social Anxiety

  1. Bobby Roosco says:

    These are some really good tips. I have been suffering from social anxiety since I was a kid. I was teased a lot and it really shot my confidence. I now assume that everyone thinks about me the same way those kids did. What is the best way to face your fear if you have had terrible experiences in the past for putting yourself out there and not caring what people think? http://www.stressandanxietyofnj.com/individual-psychotherapy

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