Anxiety can show up at the worst of times like while driving, having dinner, or being in crowds, etc.
It helps to have a small system in place when you feel anxiety coming on in a public place, at least for me it does.
Your ultimate goal is to find ways to help yourself out of your anxious mood, I can tell you that no matter what happens; you make it out on the other side.
5 Ways To Reduce Social Anxiety
Write Down Goals – this exercise helps you know and understand where you are in your mental state order to move forward to achieve your goals. This is my number one because you should go big and not just vague goals.
Keep a journal – this is a great way to pinpoint triggers that can help you stay mindful in the long run. I also love this tip because it can double as a brain dump for the end of the day. The notebook you’re writing in can contain anything you want it to, even if it’s just a piece of paper.
Wear something beautiful – if you have social anxiety about your appearance pick out something you feel beautiful in. Remember there is no standard of beauty, you create it all yourself. If you feel great you give off a light of confidence, which shines bright.
Meditation – this one can be a little tricky but there is no right or wrong way to do it. If you’re finding it hard then use a guided meditation to help keep your brain from wondering and until you get the hang of how to meditate without interruption.
Take deep breaths – here is my go to that can help in the moment. Little tricks are always welcomed when you need a quick fix. Find a nice quiet place then breathe in and breathe out slowly, repeat 5-10 times or as many as you need. If you can’t find somewhere quiet to do this then noise is even better which helps you intently focus on your breathing. I know that last part sounds counter productive but sometimes it’s the best way.
I know how hard it is to regain composure after an anxiety attack no matter how big or small.
You’re also trying not to have a full blown panic attack so don’t concentrate on your feelings of panic just concentrate if these tips and mindfulness.
Be mindful of your surroundings, what can you smell, taste, hear, touch? These questions bring you back to the here and now if the moment you’re in helping to ease any anxious thoughts that may still arise.
These tips are the go-to’s I can count on to bring me back to myself no matter how far I’ve been pulled out.
You can practice different techniques until you find a string that work for you. What works for me might not help you.