Have you ever thought to yourself, “What if I say something stupid?”
I used to get scared. I didn’t know what to say when I was in a big group of people. I was consumed by what others thought of me. But then I did a lot of work on myself. I started with small changes. And then I started to love myself. I realized that a lot of people shared the same concerns.
It can be overwhelming to interact with others, especially when it’s around a large group of people. Maybe you are concerned how others may judge you in social situations. Perhaps you avoid situations because you anticipate the anxiety that you might encounter.
If you have found that your social anxiety has negatively impacted your life, please seek a mental health professional.
3 Tips For Overcoming Social Anxiety
This might mean that you come up with a plan ahead of time. Expect that it might be difficult to drag yourself to the event, and that's okay because it can be overwhelming and anxiety-provoking. Remind yourself that you don't have to stay for the entirety of the event. See if you can connect with one person you know that will be there at the gathering. Knowing someone can increase your comfort level, or at least make it a little more manageable. Or if you don't know anyone, see if you can text someone to let him/her/them know that you're going and that you might reach out to them during the outing.
Remind yourself that others also share the same worries.
It’s something that a lot of people struggle with and don’t necessarily share. But I want you to know that you are not alone and that others also worry about how they are perceived by others.
You are a cool person!
Your friends and family value you for who you are. Remind yourself that bring qualities to the room and that others appreciate your presence.