I have also had problems with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and depression and have suffered with this all of my life. I have found that therapy helps and it has helped with the anxiety and depression tremendously. I also have joined a social group for people with social anxiety. It is comforting to know that you are not alone and talking to other people with similar problems puts things in perspective. I also try to push myself outside of my comfort zone with things like initiating conversation with someone I don't know in a social setting (which used to be something I never did in the past). Another thing that helps me a lot is trying to change my thought process. I try to remember that there are other people out there just like me and it helps me to feel less alone. Feel free to send me a message if you would like to talk more about this. Good luck with your goals!
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I begin with making individual friends. As I become more comfortable with people I know I can trust I will venture out to places we have in common or that they have assured me are safe. I keep to my comfort zone as much as possible but always have the knowledge that I have a support group to help me if it becomes too much. to the team. We are glad that you have joined us and are sharing with us.
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my husband has that problem too. he said that he tries to control his breathing and focus on taking in good breaths. He also reminds himself that other people are like him too. With feelings and worries just like him, so he tells himself to be confident in his head and repeats that over and over.
For me prayer helps sooo much. Also I agree with the breathing. Sometimes we get so nervous we dont realise that we aren't breathing right and that can make everything so much worse too.
Hope this helps a little.
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Hi and welcome to the team. I knew from an early age that I was like you. So, I started taking Speech classes where I had to get up and talk in front of others. It helped me to know that I would never see these people after the class was done.
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Hi I've dealt with anxiety all my life and depression as well, but the worst now for me is my social anxiety. I find it very hard to introduce myself to anyone in person and I find the physial symptoms of anxiety very hard to deal with such as the sweating, shaking, and just not being able to think straight, does anyone have any suggestions to deal with social anxiety?
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