Tips for Managing Social Anxiety

Madison Elizabeth Baylis

If worrying about embarrassing yourself is getting in your way, some strategies for beating the fear

Rachel Ehmke

If you are feeling shyer than you’d like to be, you’re in good company. A lot of kids — and adults — say they get anxious during social situations. Maybe it’s speaking up in class or making a phone call or just trying something new. Whatever it is, if your anxiety is bothering you, there are some things you can try on your own to help with managing social anxiety.

Don’t avoid things

Experts agree that avoiding situations that make us anxious can actually make things worse in the long run. “Getting out of something you didn’t want to do might make you feel better in the moment,” says Rachel Busman, a psychologist at the Child Mind Institute, “but you will still feel anxious the next time you’re asked to do it.”…

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