3 Things I Realized About Social Anxiety That Helped Me Overcome It 54

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Social anxiety is the feeling of discomfort when around other people. It’s when you feel uncomfortable in your own skin, have many insecurities and doubt and aren’t confident.

Many people are afraid of even trying to approach someone new, others can’t have a normal conversation because their mind and body literally block in public.

As a result of social anxiety, many people can’t have new friends, don’t communicate easily, don’t meet a good partner and start a healthy relationship. Not only that, but they also live in constant disappointment because of their inability to be open and social.

Luckily, I haven’t had the chance to feel that bad. But I believe we all suffer from social anxiety one way or another.

I’ve been too shy in the past and thus haven’t met many people who could have now been an important part of my life. I’ve been afraid to ask a question or express my opinion and thus missed out on many opportunities.

But now I’m absolutely alright with being in public. I can talk to anyone and approach new people all the time. I can easily make new friends, share what’s on my mind and form deep relationships.

If you’ve read other posts on the blog, you probably know I’m all about personal and spiritual growth. I believe that every change happens first on the inside, before we see results in real life.
And that’s why I think it’s better to get clear about some things about yourself, to contemplate, ask yourself important questions and find the answers, and eventually develop a powerful mindset.

As a result, you become super confident, productive, purpose-oriented, happy and successful. And these are things we’re all after in life.

So if you’re wondering how to overcome social anxiety on your own, here are some things to know:

1. Other people don’t think about you as much as you imagine.

One of the reasons why we’re so anxious in public is because we care too much about what others think of us.
We start imagining them talking behind our back, laughing at our actions and words, or else. And we prefer to avoid any contact.

But life is about people and communication too. We can’t live it to the fullest if we don’t meet new ones and learn things from them, if we don’t start relationships, if we don’t spend time with like-minded people, and if we don’t challenge ourselves by socializing with new groups of people.

So one thing I realized that helped me overcome shyness and beat social phobia, is that 99% of the time when I think people are saying something about me, it’s not true.

Others, and the world in general, don’t really think about me. And in this case that’s great.

Just like I don’t think and care about the people I see around me all the time, so it is the other way around.
So if you’re experiencing social anxiety every now and then, think about that and understand it with your whole being.

People have plenty of issues on their own, and don’t really have the time to think about what you’ve done wrong or whether or not you look good and confident today.

The moment you realize that, you’re letting go of the fear and awkwardness that go together with communicating with others. And you’re free to say what’s on your mind, form healthy relationships and meet cool individuals who’ll like you for who you are.

2. You don’t need anyone else’s approval but your own.

One of the worst things a person can do with his life is to dedicate it to answering other people’s expectations.

Society has created a path for us and if we lead astray (meaning if we define our passions and purpose and do what we like the way we like it), we’re being judged. And if we don’t learn to be okay with that, we suffer and can’t move forward.

Social anxiety is also a result of our fear of being criticized, of our constant desire to be approved and to even receive compliments.

But there are more than 7 billion people out there. And although I usually say that impossible just means you haven’t tried enough times, in this case I’d say it – it’s impossible to make all of them like you.

Even if you do everything by the book, people will still say stuff about you and will criticize your actions. It’s inevitable. It’s a part of life, and if you learn how to live with it, it will actually help you build character.

People will judge you no matter what. So the best you can do is live life on your own terms and become someone you’re proud of.

Once you’re confident with what you do and who you are, I don’t see anything that would stop you from being more social and open in front of anyone you meet.

3. Rejection is actually good.

Another main reason for social phobia is being afraid of rejection. Many people are so insecure, that hearing another no would just ruin them.

But we hear no everywhere. And if you don’t, it means you’re not taking much action and trying many things.

Failure comes before success, and no comes before yes. That’s a great thing actually. Because failing at something means it’s not the right way to do it, and you should go try something else. Just like hearing no from someone (in the form of rejection) means he’s not the right person for you. Which just means you can move onto the next person you’ll meet on your journey and see if he’s the right one for you.

Your partner may leave you, your boss may fire you, someone on Facebook may unfriend you.

After I’ve realized the things I write about in this post, these 3 are the same for me. It’s all about how good you feel about yourself. And if you know you’re doing the right thing, then you can just say one big Thank you to the person who left/fired/unfriended you. Because this way they left your life, showed you they’re not the right fit for you, and made room for someone or something better. And that’s without your having to lift a finger.

So what do you think about social anxiety? How do you feel about it and what other ways do you know of to overcome it?

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10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning 15

10 Things Uber Successful People Do in the Morning

Who doesn’t want to be successful? Whatever our purpose in life may be, we want to achieve success with it. Although success is usually perceived as career growth, it also encompasses personal growth. These two things go together.

So what can we do to reach the personal and professional growth of uber successful people? Maybe we can imitate some of their habits. Their morning rituals, in particular, set the pace of the day.

Did you know that the way you start your mornings affects your entire day?

You probably felt that, but guess what: science proves it as a fact, too.

In a study called “Waking up on the wrong side of the bed: start-of-workday mood, work events, employee affect, and performance,” researchers found that whatever the mood of workers was during the morning, they preserved it throughout the entire day.

So if you start off in a good mood, you have greater chances of having a great day. That’s why morning routines are so important.

Let’s learn from the ultra successful people, shall we? How do they start their mornings?

What The Most Successful Do in The Morning

1. Spend Time with the Partner.

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As we said, success is not only about professional achievements. It also means having the right person by your side.

Take Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan as an example. They are both crazy successful, and they are definitely happy to have each other.

Waking up next to the person you love makes every morning special. Appreciate that moment. Have a coffee together. Talk. Be glad you’re there for each other.

2. Mindfulness.

Yes; mindfulness is a habit.

Successful people are always busy. Can you imagine a hectic morning with dozens of urgent email messages, business partners calling, and the kids yelling? And they are still in their pajamas! That’s why they practice mindfulness.

Researchers from The University of Sydney found that mindfulness reduces work-related stress and improves the mood at work. That’s why successful people always seem ready to deal with any situation.

So how do you practice mindfulness in the morning?

Just wake up. Take few deep breaths. Be aware of the present moment. Be aware of the responsibilities the day ahead will bring. Relax, and tell yourself that you’re ready.

3. Plan the Day.

A good plan will set you on the right track.

Plan your tasks for the day in the morning. When you have such an outline, it will be easier to handle all responsibilities. You’ll know you’ll have time for all tasks.

If you realize there’s not enough time, you should plan how to outsource. If, for example, you cannot complete a business report, you can hire assignment masters to write or edit it for you.

4. Exercise.

I know; it’s a cliché. However, it’s also an activity that works.

Physical exercise makes you fitter, but it also makes you happierWhen you’re done with your morning exercise ritual, you feel at ease, and things start to clear up.

Most successful people exercise. Hillary Clinton does yoga. Obama works out for 45 minutes six days per week. Mark Cuban does cardio fitness. Follow their example!

5. Practice Patience.

Too many things ahead? If your schedule is busy, you’ll be eager to get things done ASAP. The morning is the period of the day when you should practice patience. Relax.

You already made a plan. There’s time for everything. You’ll get through the day. For now, cherish this precious moment of morning relaxation.

6. Juice Up.

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It’s no wonder why so many celebrities are into the latest juice detox trend. Healthy juices give you valuable nutrients and make you feel more energized.

Have a different juice every single morning. Sure, the juicer will take some cleaning after, but the juice will certainly give you enough energy for that.

7. Eat Breakfast.

You saw this coming, didn’t you?

Uber successful people know that the breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It’s even better when it’s healthy.

Yes; the juice can be your breakfast, but it won’t make you feel full for long. If you don’t intend to have a standard breakfast, pack some fruit for work. A banana and an apple are mandatory!

8. Hydrate.

Have a glass of water as soon as you wake up. Hydration is essential for the way your entire system functions.

9. Be With the Right People.

In Tools of Titans, author Timothy Ferriss refers to a so-called “five chimps theory” in zoology. According to that theory, you can predict the behavior of any chimp if you analyze the five chimps they usually hang out with.

There’s a lot of wisdom in that theory. When you surround with nervous people, you’re nervous, too. When you surround yourself with positive characters, you reflect good vibes, too.

The first people you contact in the morning will set the mood for your day. Choose them carefully.

10. Celebrate Achievements.

When you wake up with a positive mindset, you’ll boost your chances of spending a good day.

Instead of thinking about all obstacles ahead, you should take time to think about all achievements you’ve made towards your current goals. This appreciation will convince you that you’re on the right track.

When we sum things up, all these morning habits of the ultra successful people seem pretty simple, don’t they?

However, it takes tons of persistence and commitment to stay true to them. Start by making small steps. Pick few of these activities and repeat them every day, until they turn into habits.   

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Cathy Baylis is a personal growth expert who writes insightful articles that motivate and challenge others. She has worked as a writer for a little over a decade now, and owns several blogs that she updates on her free time.