Have you ever made plans to go out to a social setting where you know you will be forced to speak with people you don’t know? Were you excited about it because you love meeting new people or did you dread it so much that you considered staying home if not actually doing so? If you went, did you make conversations or new friends or did you sit in a corner by yourself with a pit in your stomach nervously rehearsing in your mind what you would say if someone wanted to talk to you?
If you have ever experienced the latter of the options, then you have experienced social anxiety. Since everything in life is technically a social event, whether its work, school, or fun, let’s look at 5 ways to help you overcome social anxiety:
Seeing a hypnotherapist for social anxiety will allow you to work with your subconscious mind, transforming the deep seated issues you have causing you to feel socially anxious. Many techniques used in hypnotherapy for anxiety can transform your anxiety while creating a new positive perspective. These are the most powerful tools for change because they find the root cause and create everlasting change. Since your subconscious mind triggers your physical anxiety symptoms because it controls your nervous system, which is responsible for causing your Fight or Flight response, using hypnosis for anxiety will also help to eliminate the physical symptoms.
2. Step outside of your comfort zone
Start to put yourself into social settings that typically make you uncomfortable. Pushing yourself and extending your comfort zone mentally and physically by being in more social settings can help to break the cycles you have created as a result of the social anxiety. By repeatedly breaking your usual habit and creating new ones, you are allowing your mind to create new neural pathways that, with repetition, will become your new norm. This is called neuroplasticity and this is why hypnotherapy for social anxiety is such an effective tool. With just a few sessions you can create new neural pathways that allow you to live and interact freely with others
3. Think Positive
You may think that the other person is going to think you’re boring and unintelligent.After many years of talking down to yourself or thinking for the other people, you create negative loops within your mind. When you catch yourself in a negative loop, Break It! Switch your negative to a positive thinking. Since this is done with your conscious mind it will not be nearly as effective as when it’s done using your subconscious mind through hypnotherapy. Using hypnotherapy for social anxiety will also help you to break these negative loops within your mind as well as the negative beliefs surrounding them.
Self-hypnosis is great because it’s something you can do from the comfort of your home or anywhere and anytime you need it. Sit quietly and begin by setting an intention to clear your mind and body of the anxiousness. Hypnosis for anxiety on yourself can help you in the event you need to relax and let before attending a social event. This will give you a boost that you need to make it through the social situation.
5. Just Breathe
The next time you are in a situation that’s causing intense emotions to surface, take a moment to notice your breath. In times of intense discomfort, you may unconsciously hold the breath to make it easier to deal with the situation at hand. By holding your breath you are pushing down the emotions, thus creating more physical symptoms of anxiety in the body. The best thing to do is just breathe. You may experience the emotion as it releases while you take deep breaths which will then help your body to relax as needed.
Let these tips and let us at Healthy Living Hypnosis FL help you to overcome social anxiety and prepare you for the next time you find yourself in a social setting. Call us today at (954) 889-7751 to book your appointment.