What steps can people take to overcome social anxiety?
Some people experience intense fear in social settings. How can they deal with these fears that could be obstacles to achieving their goals.
Hi Yvette, several years ago I took a 12 week class on anxiety. It wasn't a support group, but we received education on all things anxiety, and were given assignments. This was through my insurance, so it was not a college course. At one point we were to start exposure therapy. There were many different types of anxiety issues, some phobias, some generalized, etc. Two women had issues with agoraphobia. One lady more so than the other. The fact that they came at all was amazing. They decided for their exposure therapy, they would do it together. The grocery story was the hardest challenge for them so they decided to do their first therapy at the store. They went together and walked every single aisle together, slowly, and they both found one item to purchase. The check out line was the most anxiety causing so they did that together. They did that another time or two then they decided to meet for coffee once a month at crispy cremes. They invited me and I was amazed at the relaxing ease they maintained during those time. We moved on to lunch at IHOP. Every time we got together it was at least a 2 hour time frame.
Unfortunately, we slacked off a bit due to summer schedules and things. Then we got a call that the older gal had died, we think by suicide as she had debilitating depression. When we met all those times together she was light and carefree, at least on the outside. But nonetheless, I think psychoeducation is a good thing and getting help with a counselor who is very knowledgable in anxiety disorders. There really is help out there. I have overcome so much, myself.
go to yoga, meditation and listen to classic song. Stop reading the news, stop listening to gossips and pray
I like peachpurple's answer. Plus God is for us not to fear nor worry. Just trust that He will provide the protection we need.
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