Social anxiety can make life very difficult sometimes. People with social anxiety find going out and socialising draining and stressful so for them it’s not fun to do even though they may care deeply for the people with whom they are spending their time. There are however some things you could try to make your social life easier if you do suffer from this type of anxiety. It will help you learn to put the fun back into your social life.
Socialise in places that interest you
This doesn’t mean that you have to go out to parties, go clubbing or socialise in large numbers, especially if these environments make your anxiety worse. Instead try places that are a little quieter such as book clubs, or you could try doing things that interest you where you can meet people. If you’re in an environment that is comfortable to you and the people around you are also sharing the same interests it can make socialising and meeting people a more relaxed and less draining experience.
Don’t overdo it
If you feel like you need a break then it is a good idea to do so. It is good to socialise but don’t tire yourself out. Looking after your mental health is important. By taking some time out it will help to feel refreshed and recharged, making it easier to socialise.
Make small steps
Remember to take it easy and not rush things. By pushing your boundaries too far it can make things worse rather than better. Start with something small like just saying ‘hi’ to someone, or talk to just one person. It will be a slower process but as you start to feel more comfortable you can then interact more and connect with more people.
Try not to socialise where you feel as though you have to try and pretend to be someone you’re not. When you start pretending it can make things more draining and will most likely make your anxiety worse, causing more problems and making it harder for you to get out and socialise. This is why it is a great idea to socialise with groups of people who are genuinely interested in the same things as you.
Ask for help
If you are feeling as though you cannot handle your social anxiety or any other mental health problems on your own any longer then please remember that there are people around that can help – your GP, natural health practitioner or other professionals. Make that phone call or send that email and ask for help.
Social anxiety is not something that you can just get over yourself, you will need to work through it. It won’t be easy but if you keep working towards it you will begin to feel more comfortable in social situations. Give us a call today to begin your progress out of this dilemma.