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Social anxiety is anxiety anticipating a social situation or experienced during one. For some it is pretty persistent in everyday life whereas others can experience it in specific situations such as public speaking, making small talk or using public restrooms.
Social anxiety is inherently part of being human - it helps us perform at our best. Anxiety doesn't necessarily speak to the events that are unfolding and it’s important to look closely at this. When feeling overwhelmed with social anxiety, it is helpful to focus on the concrete details and evidence that are linked to the situation. Anxiety can most certainly let our imagination run wild!
To help manage social anxiety for specific situations, the Individual & Relational Psychotherapy experts at NorthShore, share some tips:
It is important to recognize that not every trick will work for everyone. Attending therapy or reading self-help books can further help each person find his or her own coping tricks.