Coping with Social Anxiety
· make going to work or school extremely difficult,
· make interacting
with other people a nightmare,
· make it virtually impossible to visit the doctor or use a suicide crisis line.
above obstacles, we must all surely recognise that maintaining and strengthening our existing relationships - and building
new ones - is essential to help us cope with any (so termed) mental disorder
is also important for us to understand that treatment requires time. This being so, (with time)’ treatment’
can help us relax in the presence of other people
In the meantime
we are strongly advised NOT TO USE ALCOHOL OR DRUGS to cope with situations with triggers our anxiety,
coping methods include:
§ Banishing negative thoughts about yourself
§ Practicing relaxation exercises
§ Adopting stress-management techniques
§ Reaching out to people you do feel comfortable around
§ Engaging in pleasurable activities, such as exercise or hobbies, when you feel anxious
§ Getting enough sleep
§ Eating a well-balanced diet
§ Setting realistic goals
being all-important it makes sense to at least consider joining a support group - especially a peer support group.
Given the nature
of social anxiety, the thought of joining any group can fill us with a sense of overwhelming dread strangers, But peer support groups do introduce us to others who understand
and can closely identify with our situation. These groups are a good source of support, advice, coping strategies etc which
work for them.
The hardest obstacle
we need to face is actually coming face-to-face with whatever situation it is that is triggering our anxieties. To overcome,
and not to avoid the painful situations which trigger our symptoms
· Regularly confronting these unbearable situation, we'll continue
to build and reinforce our coping skills.
Over a period
of time, this approach can help us to control our symptoms. We should also learn to remind ourselves that we can get through
anxious periods, that our anxiety is fleeting, and that the negative, bad consequences which we fear will cause us pain and
shame hardly ever happens.