How To Overcome Social Anxiety: 10 Steps To Beat It For Good

How To Overcome Social Anxiety

Be glad for them, and then focus on what you need to do in order to improve.

8. Start Small, Go Big

Challenge yourself to engage with your fears. Pick a small, risky social situation, and use emotional self-regulation skills to manage the discomfort.

Once you overcome your fears at that level of risk, then take on a riskier situation until you’ve become comfortable in most social settings.

9. Don’t Give Up

Overcoming social discomfort can be hard. It can feel like two steps forward, three steps back. But don’t let this deter you. There’s a process that you must engage with. “Trust the process,” as they say. The process of trying new things, stumbling, getting back up, and trying again leads to good things.

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10. Celebrate Your Victories

Don’t forget to celebrate your victories. It’s easy to develop a negative perspective. Take the high road; choose to give equal attention to the good and not just the bad. Celebrate your successes, no matter how small.

Overcoming social discomfort can be hard. It can feel like two steps forward, three steps back. But don’t let that kill your motivation, don’t let the monkey on your back win. Embrace failure and learn from it.

References

Clark, D. M., Ehlers, A., Hackman, A., McManus, F., Fennell, M., Grey, N., Waddington, L., Wild, J. (2006). Cognitive therapy versus exposure and applied relaxation in social phobia: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74: 568-578.


Never let your social anxiety stop you from engaging in something as simple, as a conversation. The more you give in to it, the more it will get worse. Keep in mind the most effective things you can do, and you will be able to defeat in no time!

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Written By Dan Bates Originally Appeared In Psychology Today

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