Ziggety, zaggety, this potion will help you get rid of Social Anxiety.
Ha, if only that were the case. I’d package this potion up and become a millionaire, muahahaha. Or, at least, I’ll keep a vial in every pocket to be prepared at all times.
Now, I’ve had ample time to dissect what it really takes to get rid of Social Anxiety. I’ve been writing about this topic for at least 4 years now, and I’m acutely aware of my own reactions to it.
Barring YEARS of mental and emotional work, there are 3 main ingredients you need to cultivate as you go through the journey.
Go ahead, potion these up.
You need humor to laugh at yourself when you get embarrassed or things don’t go the way you expect them to. And if you have social anxiety, you know that’s a frequent occurrence. You’re going to have a much harder time moving on from a “failed” social interaction if you’re not free to laugh at yourself.
You need courage to keep showing up no matter how uncomfortable you might feel or what responses you’re getting. With courage, you gain confidence. The confidence to show up every time, no matter how much social anxiety beat you up the day before. You’ll definitely get knocked down, but if you keep showing up, you’ll get hurt less in the long run.
You need self-reflection to understand the root cause of your anxiety, how to minimize it when you run into it, and how to push yourself the next time around. Do not, I REPEAT, do not shove your feelings in the deepest and darkest corner of your soul. Allow yourself to feel what you feel and then analyze where these feelings come from and how you can address them the next time around. By ignoring the truth, and the root cause, you’re allowing Social Anxiety to get the best of you.
These ingredients are crucial in your quest to get rid of Social Anxiety, so keep them in your back pocket at all times.
I promise they’re the blend you’re looking for.