"What is your best tip for overcoming social anxiety?"
Someone asked me this question recently and I was surprised at how hard I had to think of a good answer.
I have thought, written, and spoken about social anxiety so much in recent years that it was hard for me to narrow my strategies for it down to just one best tip.
Most people who have to deal with social anxiety would probably not instantly overcome it from just one piece of advice, but I will give you what I think is the key strategy to moving in the right direction with SA:
You have to figure out a way to reduce the amount of worry have about what other people think about you.
Obviously not. This is a clear case of "easier said than done," but I do think there are some things we can do to reduce our obsession with other people's opinions of us:
1) Be committed to worrying less about things we can't control.
2) Realize that everyone is not going to like you no matter what you do.
3) Think hard about whose opinions should really matter in your life.
So there are three tips in one for overcoming social anxiety. None of these is a quick fix, but the closer you can get yourself to each one, the less power social anxiety will have over you.
Hope this helps.
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