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How can I relax my social anxiety?

I have really bad social anxiety and when I want to do something with my family or go somewhere with them, my social anxiety gets in the way.

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Rebecca’s Answer

Thank you for the question. In fact, many people may have an anxiety when seeing a large crowd of people or meet with someone we don't know or unfamiliar.
Firstly, I think before you have plan to go out with your family. You can think of some amazing moment you had with them previously. Relax and have good sleep on the night before. Prepare the clothes for the next day.
On the day going out, have a good breakfast and relax. Have causal talk with your family to keep yourself relax. Prepare and dress up early.
When going out, if you feel yourself anxiety, take a deep breath for 20-30 sec. Hold the hands of your family and try to have a causal talk with them to help yourself relax.
Don't afraid! You will get use and overcome this. Try a few more times!
Hope this helps! Good Luck!
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Daniel’s Answer

I find tasking easier than socializing, so make socializing a task with goals helps me. I take the opportunity to work on my professionalism by working on making eye contact, engaging in conversation, making connections at social gatherings. Often times, after a bit of time, I realize that the tension has gone. I have much better success when I have a goal then just going blindly and seeing how it goes. Having this practice has made networking much easier.

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I suggest the next time you have the opportunity, work on remembering names of people you meet, and follow back up by recalling their name.
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melanie’s Answer

I used to have anxiety during highschool especially during my junior - senior year , mainly due to lack of sleep and being too afraid of my health (hypochondriac ( . One way that I was able to cope with my anxiety was to practice some breathing techniques to help slow down my heart rate and I used to do this in a quiet setting . I also made sure I didn’t have any distractions whatsoever .

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Try a few breathing exercises, it helps a lot .
Don’t procrastinate
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Frances’s Answer

I used to have anxiety during college, mainly due to my busy schedule and lack of sleep. One way that I was able to cope with my anxiety was to meditate. I practiced some breathing exercises to slow down my heart rate and made sure that I was in a quiet place with no distractions, so I would recommended you doing that as well. You can always seek a counselor if you need some one-on-one advice and support.
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Chris’s Answer

I appreciate this question and you asking it. I have worked with social anxiety for a good part of my life. This isn't something to just goes away or disappears. The very first thing I would encourage you to do is find a therapist who can work with you. Therapist are wonderful to help find causes and provide you with skills to help you overcome.

A few suggestions is slowly expose yourself to situations and events that make you uncomfortable. I would say do go all in from the start. Try to find the points where it gets to be "too much" then back away to let it settle down. I will say you do need to push yourself. Try new things, get out of your comfort zone but not too far.

Mediation is a wonderful tool as is breathing exercise. In fact, exercise as a whole is wonderful as it help you burn away the anxiety.

Best of Luck
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