Can you beat social Anxiety?
We have all experienced situations where we feel extremely nervous or anxious before speaking in public or meeting a new person, attending the first day of school or creating a first impression.
For some it is easy but for some, it is quite unnerving to do a few activities in public.This feeling is often termed as 'Social Anxiety'.Don't go ahead and say: 'Yes, I have that.'
It is normal to be nervous and scared in some situations but Social Anxiety is a little more serious than that.
So, what is Social Anxiety?
Social Anxiety or phobia arises from the fear of being :
- judged by people
- embarrassed or humiliated
- committing accidental actions that offend people
People who have Social Anxiety experience immense stress in one or many of the following situations:
- Eating in front of people
- Meeting someone new
- Walking in a room full of people
- Going to the washroom
- Making eye contact
- Attending social gatherings
- Starting conversations.
- Speaking in a room full of people.
What are the symptoms that Socially anxious people experience?
- Increased heart rate
- Sweating (palms, body)
- Lightheadedness or Dizzy
- Shortness of breath, breathing issues.
- Stomach issues.
Don't mistake this for a Panic Attack. Although, someone experiencing social anxiety on an extreme level could experience a panic attack.
But is Social Phobia something you cannot leave behind? You can. Phobias are essentially fears you can recover from. Phobias are also fears that could have been developed from scarring incident. For instance, a spider bite led you to fear all insects. The causes and the symptoms vary from person to person.
But,there is hope.
Here's how you can overcome Social Anxiety:
- The first step would be for you to acknowledge your fear.
- Second is a process called 'Systematic Desensitization' - a famous technique in psychology where you deal with your fear one step at a time. You might benefit by doing this with a therapist.
- Surround yourself with people who you trust enough to share your fears with and who can support you to grow out of the fear.
- Communicate your feelings and thoughts. Find ways to express yourself and don't bottle up