The past few months have seen us gradually moving out of lockdown in England. For some the prospect of going out socially was extremely anxiety-provoking and filled them with dread. Social anxiety continues to linger and, if you are in this category, please know that you are not alone.
What is social anxiety?
Social anxiety is nervousness in social situations Social anxiety disorder is an anxiety disorder characterised by a significant amount of fear in one or more social situations combined with a fear of being judged by others.
• Worrying about everyday activities that involve interacting with other people;
• Avoiding social situations;
• Physical symptoms, such as panic attacks;
• Avoiding eye contact;
• Low self-esteem.
Connection with others is vital for our well-being and survival. Social connection can lower anxiety and depression, help us to regulate our emotions, lead to higher self-esteem and empathy, and improve our immune systems. By neglecting our need to connect, we put both our physical and psychological health at risk.
So how can you overcome social anxiety to enable you to receive all the benefits of human
Here are a few simple tips to help you.
• Identify triggers – Pinpoint when and why you feel most anxious.
• Challenge negative thinking – Instead of worrying about what could go wrong, start focusing on what could go right.
• Stop trying to be perfect – Perfectionism and social anxiety often go hand in hand. Everything that you say and do does not have to be perfect.
• Celebrate your success – Rewarding your successes will help to motivate you and make your efforts seem more worthwhile. Make it fun.
If you would like help with social anxiety and how to live a better, more calmer life, then get in touch and have a free chat with
Hayley at Insight Hypnotherapy : firstname.lastname@example.org
by Hayley Keimel, Insight Hypnotherapy.