Most people feel at least a little bit apprehensive in social situations.
When social anxiety kicks in:
Ugh! Social Anxiety is real and it affects 6-13% of teens and young adults. These strategies can help.
Mindfulness techniques can help you stay calm in the face of anxiety.
Staying present in the moment
Apps such as Calm or Headspace
Scenario: Troy's Crush
Troy gets really anxious every time when his crush walks by and is afraid to start a conversation.
Which activity might help Troy deal with his social anxiety?
Aerobic exercise (anything that gets your heart beating) reduces stress.
Pilates, jogging, walking, hiking, or anything that combines movement and breath are great aerobic activities.
Scenario: Dakota's Presentation
Dakota has to do a presentation in front of a group of peers. Anxiety has kicked in days ahead of time.
What could Dakota do to help alleviate the stress of the upcoming presentation?
Prepare, then cross their fingers
Dance it out
Call in sick
Read self-help books
Perfectionism and fear of being judged often go hand-in-hand with social anxiety
Rather than worrying and rehearsing how things could go wrong, come up with positive mantras or phrases and repeat or reflect on them daily:
I can do this
I don't have to be perfect
I am strong
Scenario: Niki's Worries
Niki worries a lot about what people think, and gets really anxious at social gatherings.
What could Niki do to help with these anxieties?
Meditate on scripture verses
Recite inspirational quotes
Repeat encouraging phrases daily
All of these
Enlist The Help Of Friends
It can be hard to talk with someone about your social anxiety but friends and family can be there to support you through it.
Friends can help with:
Practicing small talk
Staying by your side at a social gathering
Scenario: Alex's Interview
Alex has an upcoming interview and is freaking out!
How could Alex's friends help?
Distract Alex with funny jokes
Tell Alex to stop stressing
Advise Alex to skip the interview
Role play an interview
You are not alone in your experience of social anxiety!
Prepare for your next social event with these strategies:
You can do it!
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This Byte has been authored by
Mary Ellen D'Intino
Instructional Designer | Social Worker