Since being at the age of 14, anxiety has had a major impact on numerous aspects of my life, as it has with many others. I know exactly how it feels to almost feel invisible in a group of people, disconnected from everyone. It’s almost like something is stopping you from speaking out; all you can think about is the fact that you should be talking more. Every thought that comes into your mind in a social situation is immediately shot down by your annoying habit of overthinking everything. This is just one of the bothersome aspects of living with social anxiety.
Change your Thinking
I have found that the key to changing the way we feel is found in challenging unhelpful thoughts and beliefs. Firstly, I ask myself: ‘Where is the evidence that my thoughts are true?’ If you think hard enough, it’s very likely that you will realise the negative thoughts you are having are irrational and untrue. You may even find evidence against what you are thinking.
Other Coping Mechanisms
- Keep to a balanced routine, having a schedule reduces stress⏱
- Surround yourself with a positive support network, cut out the fakes ✂️
- Expect slip ups and down days, it’s okay not to be okay 🤞🏼
- Create a restful sleeping environment: clean out the clutter, keep the room dark and cool, and make your bed comfortable 😴
- Exercise regularly, endorphins are the solution 🏃🏼♀️
- Keep a healthy diet, eat high vibrational foods such as: green leafy vegetables, fresh berries, fresh herbs, spices, fermented foods, and tea. 🥑
- Don’t over-indulge, eating too much or drinking too much alcohol never makes you feel good 🐷
- Spend time in nature, this literally relieves depression and anxiety. 🍃
- Journal your worries, write your thoughts down, don’t bottle them up 📖
- Reach out, sometimes a good laugh with a friend is enough to forget all of your worries ❤️