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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Some Ways To Overcome Social Anxiety

Positive Thinking

Start thinking positive. Rather than playing the “what if” game, thinking of bad things that could happen, start thinking of good things that could happen. When not-so-great things do happen, try to think of a positive spin on it.


Stop Comparing Yourself To Others

One of the most self-destructive things you can do is compare yourself to others. The only person you should compare yourself to is you. This is important, because you need to have a clear view of your own talents and abilities.


Affirmations

Giving yourself positive affirmations throughout the day is a very important way to raise your self-esteem. A great way to do this is by making it a habit to constantly acknowledge your good points.


Relaxation

Relaxation is a great technique that people are using more and more. It especially helps people who are nervous or anxious. When you find yourself in a stressful social situation, make a conscious effort to relax. No one but you need know what you’re doing, and it can really help. Here are some things that you can do:
• Take deep breaths
• Relax your body, one limb at a time.
• Relax your thoughts.


Visualization

Visualization is a great technique that helps people achieve positive outcomes in their lives. If you’re going on a date, and you’re nervous about it, take a few minutes to visualize yourself on that date. Picture yourself smiling, having fun, and engaging in great conversation. You’ll be surprised at how much this can help.


Anything you can do, no matter how small it seems, will help. Good Luck!

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