Social anxiety disorders are often misunderstood, and many people can suffer in silence. This is far more than feeling embarrassed and not wanting to speak in a large group. This can really take control and hinder your daily life. Social anxiety care states that social anxiety is a general and troublesome condition, with as many as 40 percent of the population suffers from it.
Young people with social anxiety
Experiencing social anxiety and fear of social interaction can make simple responsibilities almost impossible to overcome. It is estimated that 15 million American adults have social anxiety, according to American anxiety and depression associations, with young adolescents who are transitioning to secondary school or college being particularly vulnerable. It’s hinted that social anxiety disorder symptoms usually begin around the age of 13.
The good news is that there are ways to develop new habits for conquering social anxiety
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Challenge your negative and anxious thoughts
At times it may feel like there’s nothing you can do about the way you feel and how you think. In reality, though, there are a number of things that can help. Challenging your mentality and negative thoughts can be an effective way to reduce symptoms of social anxiety.
Start by identifying the anxious thoughts that automatically pop into your head when you think of social situations. Next, analyze these thoughts and challenge them. Question why you think like this and if your first reaction is actually how you feel or you’re just always assuming the worst. Changing the way you think is a long journey and is not an immediate fix, but the mind is a powerful thing, and it is possible.
Being mindful and practicing mindful meditation helps you to be present and aware of your thoughts and feelings in a non-judgmental and positive way. In a study published in the journal Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, researchers found that meditation has effects on activity in particular areas of the brain. Participants who had normal levels of anxiety took part in four 20-minute mindfulness meditation classes. They found up to a 39 percent decrease in anxiety levels after mindfulness training.