There’s a good chance that we’ve all experienced feelings of nervousness and anxiety in response to real or perceived threats at one time or another. For most people, these feelings are absolutely normal as the brain is hard-wired to caution you at times of danger. However, for those of us with social anxiety, these feelings can be all-consuming, impairing our ability to enjoy life as we’d otherwise like to.

One of the most detrimental effects of social anxiety is its ability to isolate you; triggering feelings that make you feel fearful and unworthy of company. People with social anxiety might notice their anxiety increase during social interactions, even during times that are enjoyable and positive. Worse still, feeling immobilized and powerless against their feelings, they suffer...

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When it comes to coping with social anxiety, many sufferers do not realize there are many ways to maintain a sense of calm during high times of stress. Instead of focusing on various stressors at the root of anxiety, here are four ideas that are simple for sufferers to remember when social anxiety really hits hard.

Read Something Entertaining

Reading is a great distraction. It allows people to be transported to another realm, even if the travel is both mental and temporary. Sometimes, removing the self mentally from a stressful situation just for a few moments is one of the best ways to calm down, thus allowing the self a moment to analyze a situation without being overly emotional.

Make Use of Some Drawing or Writing Materials

Like reading, writing and drawing both have the abi...

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