Social anxiety can be one of the more crippling forms of anxiety and stress that exists. However, like most forms of mental illness, there are ways to cope with the symptoms when they arise, especially when they become too strong. Here are a few steps to help you cope with social anxiety one day at a time.

Deep Breathing

When most people think about deep breathing, they often resort to thoughts of meditation or of Lamaze breathing for women in childbirth. Practicing this technique outside of those two instances can have the same, calming effect, though. By breathing slowly, with deep inhales of breath, the body is prompted to do two things. First, it takes in more oxygen, which satisfies a need for the brain to operate under stress. Second, it also cues the body’s heart rate to s...

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