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: