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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You're in a meeting when it starts to creep up on you. The ever-tightening knot in the pit of your stomach and the collection of thoughts that run haywire through your mind. You brace for the overwhelming wave of jitters and fear that roots you to your chair. Glancing out the corner of your eye, you check whether your friends and colleagues are staring at you. What if they see you in this state? What will they think and what will you say? Why is this happening to you? Does this sound familiar? Perhaps you, like many others, crave human connection and a normal social life, but find that your body and mind gets hijacked by your anxiety whenever you're around others. If this is the case, you may be living with Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). The good news is that you've come to the right plac...

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