Social anxiety disorder is defined as an intense fear of being judged, rejected, or negatively evaluated by others. According to studies, social anxiety affects over 15 million adults in the USA.
People who suffer from social anxiety disorder are overly conscious about how they act. The idea of being seen as dull, awkward, or stupid is traumatizing to them, so they do what they can to avoid social gatherings.
When forced into social situations, they usually appear nervous and anxious; you’ll find them stumbling over words, blushing, fiddling with their clothes, etc.
Although people with social anxiety would love to confine themselves to the comfort of their homes, not having to interact with strangers ever again – it’s just not possible. Humans aren’t meant to live in isolation; whether we like it or not, social interactions are a must.
So where does that leave people with social anxiety? How can they overcome their struggles?
Let’s take a look:
Social anxiety often stems from a lack of self-esteem. A confident person has a high opinion of themselves; they don’t second-guess themselves or worry about what others think. On the other hand, people who lack confidence will replay conversations in their heads and overthink every little detail.
Self-help manuals discuss various techniques to boost self-esteem and increase confidence over time.
With the help of a therapist, people with social anxiety can attempt to find the root cause of their issues. Therapists delve into a client’s past to explore their subconscious, and all that it may hold.
Anxiety therapists are trained to identify problems in their clients’ past that may trigger fear and impact their current life.
It may seem silly, but just 2 minutes of deep breathing goes a long way in situations that trigger anxiety. Socially anxious people tend to overthink and exaggerate negative situations in their heads. Deep breathing helps them get a grip on their thoughts and snap them back to reality.
Social anxiety is a result of behaviors that people have reinforced throughout an individual’s life; it doesn’t happen overnight. Over time, their minds become conditioned to responding with fear — even when they don’t need to.
With the help of hypnosis, our brains can be reprogrammed and negative patterns can gradually be replaced with more positive thinking.
Rena Greenberg is a professional hypnotist who’s helped over 250,000 individuals manage destructive thinking patterns and achieve their goals. She offers private hypnosis sessions for mental health issues like social anxiety, poor self-esteem, and insomnia.
You can choose to sign-up for one-on-one meetings with Rena or hypnosis sessions on Skype/iChat.
Rena Greenberg has had the privilege over the last 25+ years to work with over 100,000 people in 75 medical centers to help them lose weight without surgery.