Are you tired of struggling with social anxiety and burnout during special occasions or family gatherings?
Well, you’ve come to the right place for all things social anxiety and how to cope. Wave goodbye to the struggle because I’m going to teach you how to tackle your social anxiety by:
- Not feeling guilty.
- Saying no.
- Using breathing exercises.
- Focusing on self-care.
- And more.
Let’s do this!
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #1
Don’t Feel Guilty About Taking Some Time Out.
Special occasions involves spending a lot of time with others. This year will more than likely be your own family. Although you may love hanging out with your family, sometimes it can get too much, especially for someone with social anxiety.
That’s why I’m here to tell you that it’s okay to need a break or take some time out. Go out for a walk to clear your head for an hour, or go up into your room (if you live at home) and chill for an hour.
Please do not feel guilty about being away from everyone when you need it.
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #2
Say No and Set Boundaries
Getting a lot of invites may not be a bigger problem, as usual, giving the current situation. However, it would help if you remembered this. Feel free to say “no”. It’s perfectly okay to say, and no one will think any less of you for turning down any form of an invite.
If you don’t feel that going will be beneficial to you, and it will trigger your social anxiety, then say it. I went through years of feeling too awkward to turn down invites, even though I hated big get-togethers. They always filled me with so much anxiety, and I’d feel very sick by the end of the occasion.
Now, I know my boundaries and where I draw the line. It’s so vital for you to set your boundaries so you can keep your mental health in check. It’s okay to push yourself out of your comfort zone but don’t go too far. Baby steps are still steps, and just as important.
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #3
Use Breathing Exercises
Breathing exercises are excellent and will give you quick relief when your social anxiety starts to flare up.
They are so easy to do, and you can do it discreetly too. You can easily just quickly nip to the bathroom in the middle of any holiday tradition so you can focus on your breathing. Take a deep breath and exhale as slowly as possible. Do this as many times as you need until you feel ready to face the world again.
Make sure to close your eyes as you do this exercise, and let the calmness rush over you.
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #4
Practice Self-Care Regularly
Keeping up with your self-care is so important over the holidays and one of the keys to keeping your mental health and social anxiety in check. I’m not saying you should just take five minutes out and have a bath. That’s not what self-care is. You need to make it a regular part of your life and from then on.
Every time you get some free time, make sure to do something that you enjoy and will make you feel great. It’s difficult at first to get into the habit of focusing on self-care so regularly, but it will soon become second nature. Your mental health will thank you.
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #5
Find Your Happy Place
But how will this help my social anxiety? And how can I practice self-care on any big day when it’s so full-on and busy anyway? You are probably thinking. Well, the answer is that you need to find your happy place. I got this idea from Kelly from Budding-Joy. I thought it was absolutely genius.
Anyway, you simply have to find the tradition that you enjoy the most and make sure to do this as often as possible. If you love watching films, make sure to watch a few films on the day as part of your self-care routine. If you enjoy listening to music, make sure to have music on throughout the day and get dancing with your family.
You will feel happy, calm and completely forget that you even have social anxiety the more that you focus on it.
How to Cope With Social Anxiety – Tip #6
Combat Your Negative Thoughts
If you are struggling with your social anxiety, then this is a great technique to use. Start practising now and start training your brain to fight any negative or self-critical thoughts. When you are done, you will be able to think of positive alternative ideas for anything.
Social anxiety can be caused by your brain, telling you that you are in danger when around a lot of people or in any type of overwhelming situation. Any gatherings for special occasions can be very overwhelming with all the festivities, family, presents, and making a massive dinner to please everyone in your household. It’s so easy for anxiety of any kind to take over.
All you need to do is keep track of all your negative thoughts, write them down, and come up with an alternative belief that makes you feel better. Over time, you will do it automatically and won’t even need to write anything down. This technique has helped me so much, and I can’t recommend it enough.
That’s why I created my FREE Fighting Self critical Thoughts Workbook to make this exercise a little bit easier for you. You can sign up to get it below NOW!
Wrapping It Up
Now that you know how to cope with social anxiety during special occasions, you are ready to have the fantastic time that you deserve at any gathering. You will know what to do and never worry about getting hit with that social anxiety burnout ever again.
Much love and happy holidays,
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