One of my favorite youtubers posted an update on her struggle with social anxiety.
Things I took away from this video:
1. Constantly be out of your comfort zone. It isn’t enough to do something one time. You should always be challenging yourself. You must push yourself. Slowly do things so you feel comfortable in every situation. 2. Realize you’re probably thinking the situation far worse than it really is. “Social anxiety can play havoc with your mind and make you feel like you don’t want to do things…It’s really frustrating. You pass up opportunities that could have been amazing.” 3. Stepping out of comfort zones is good to do whether you have social anxiety or not because that’s what pushes you further in life to meet new people, have more opportunities and network. More things happen when you step out of your comfort zone. 4. Recognize that the smallest steps forward are victories/achievements and don’t be afraid. What’s the worst that could happen? The worst that could happen is you feel a bit overwhelmed and would have to take a minute to stop, but even if you did stop, you would have gone for it. Just think “so what if there’s an awkward silence or if I mess up my words? So what”? You would have gone for the thing that you’re afraid of and it’s an accomplishment to try the next step up. That being said, more often than not you will find that you are absolutely fine in that next step up/situation or thing you’re afraid of. 5. Make small bits of talk and you’ll build yourself up to knowing what to say. 6. The further out you push yourself, the prouder you’ll be and better you’ll feel. You’ll look back and think “Whoa, I was in the smallest of zones and now look where I am”.