Some tips to help with Social Phobia / anxiety

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    Here are some tips which some people find helpful in overcoming social phobia / anxiety.

    Prepare to relax – imagine a tense situation whilst relaxing in a hot bath, or listening to soothing music. Learn to let go

    Focus on your surroundings – to help take the focus off yourself. How many windows are there? What kind of paintings on the wall? How many lights are there?

    Ask questions – Ask more than closed ‘yes no’ questions to encourage others to talk to you. Make a point of remembering what they say and mention it later to show you’re interested in them

    Seek out social situations – gradually desensitize yourself to the things that frighten you

    Focus on what you want – rather than focusing on the process of getting it

    Stop your imagination running riot – you’ve no control over what others think and feel, why waste so much energy trying to?

    Focus on being yourself – stop worrying about how others might be seeing you and enjoy being you


    If anxiety around social situations is something you suffer with try talking to a counsellor to learn to understand your fears and overcome them, If you would like further information or would like to make an appointment please contact Sentient Counselling.


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