If you suffer from social anxiety disorder (SAD), you’re probably well aware of all the evil little ways in which your negative thoughts eat away at you during the day. On the road to overcoming SAD, one of the most important things you can do is learn to predict the exact patterns of how it affects you personally. Once you’ve got SAD’s game plan figured out, you’re in a much better position to formulate your own powerful counter-moves!
Everyone’s experience with social anxiety disorder will be a little different - but to get you started, I’m giving you 3 of my own killer strategies for shutting down SAD before it has the chance to hijack your brain.
1. The Post-Socialising Worries
This is a big one for me.
What happens - and you may be familiar with this yourself - is this:...
You feel a bit sick as your stomach tightens and your heart starts pumping like a machine gun. Your breathing becomes shallow and your muscles tense. The rest of the people at the dinner party are oblivious, chatting nonchalantly and enjoying their meals. Why does your body seem to be gearing up for an epic battle when there's no real danger in sight? This blog post briefly discusses the neurobiology of social anxiety, by taking a look at what actually happens in the brains and bodies of those who experience it.
What is fear, anyway?
If you have Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD), then you'll be familiar with the physiological signs of fear, some of which were mentioned in the introduction to this article. The fact that you experience this fight-or-flight response indicates that your pri...