Daily life with social anxiety can be challenging to navigate. For many people, it is about learning to recognise their symptoms early enough to take control of the situation. One of the most common symptoms of the disorder is experiencing feelings of dread relating to activities such as conversing and meeting new people.
Science has not yet determined the exact cause of social anxiety disorder. The current thinking is that there might be multiple factors contributing to a person's anxiousness. Biologically, it is possible that an inability to regulate serotonin levels in the brain can contribute to social anxiety. Another possibility is hyperactivity in a part of the brain known as the amygdala.
Making friends is not the easiest thing to do when you suffer from profound shyness or social anxiety. And yet friends are good for our mental and physical health. Experts say that it is important to have close friends we can talk to about life's ups and downs. We need friends we can laugh with, cry with, and confide in.
The physical and emotional symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder ( SAD ) are certainly troubling in and of themselves. But avoiding social situations to avoid the symptoms can contribute to depression as well. A SAD sufferer is more likely to experience low self-esteem, a heightened awareness of criticism, continuing negative thought patterns, and poor social skills that do not seem to improve.
When we are stressed, we tend to breathe in from our upper lungs instead of our lower lungs causing us to shallow breathe and experience irregular breathing patterns. In fact it’s not uncommon to be so tense that people with anxiety, have actually said they do sometimes forget to breathe
If you suffer with social anxiety, you may unconsciously tense your muscles all the time even when you are not in a social environment. It may then seem like the natural thing to do everyday. Take a quick test and take your attention to your upper body.
Do you often hear yourself saying “ I would really like to… but i have no one to go with? We specifically aim our meet ups for people with social anxiety and shyness. Like minded people getting together with shared interests being non – judgemental and making new friends along the way.
Small talk doesn’t come naturally for some people, and that’s ok. As the saying goes practice makes perfect. Why do we even small talk anyway? Small talk is just how it sounds. There’s no general topic and there may be no particular reason to spark a conversation. It doesn’t have to be your life story, just politeness and general chitchat.
Social anxiety is a very real problem that prevents many people from engaging socially. In fact, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) says that social anxiety is among the most common anxiety disorders right now. If you suffer from social anxiety, you might be wondering how you could ever make new friends.