How to Overcome Social Anxiety in College

Social anxiety is a real thing. It can be difficult to navigate new social situations, especially when those situations pose a threat of embarrassment or humiliation. Everyone experiences some degree of shyness, especially when first entering a new environment like college. However, if you struggle with social anxiety it can seriously start to hamper your ability to function and feel comfortable in your surroundings which can have an impact on your academic performance as well as your mental and physical health.

For most people, the transition from high school to college is positive: newfound independence, new challenges, and opportunities for growth are just waiting to be explored. However That being said, there’s also probably been at least a little bit of apprehension about leaving friends and familiar surroundings behind and entering a whole other world full of unfamiliar sights and sounds that might not be as friendly as you’d like them to be. With this in mind, here is everything you need to know about how social anxiety affects students during their time at university:


Social Anxiety and College: What’s the Connection?

Social anxiety can often accompany changes in your life, like moving to a new city, entering new high school classes, or starting university. This is because social anxiety is a result of the uncertainty of experiencing a new, strange environment. This uncertainty can be terrifying to people who suffer from social anxiety.

There may be a part of you that’s worried that if this new environment isn’t friendly, welcoming, and easy to navigate, you won’t be able to handle it. This may lead you to become anxious about the upcoming situation and feel like you might not be able to handle it at all. When you have social anxiety, you may worry a lot about what other people think of you. You may worry about what you think of yourself. You may worry about the outcome of the situation. You may worry about how you look, how you sound, and (if the situation is particularly scary) what might happen if you have a panic attack.


How do you know if you have social anxiety?

If you struggle with social anxiety you may experience various social situations as difficult or even unsafe. You may feel nervous or afraid while trying to interact with others, as well as self-conscious or embarrassed about how you look and what you’re doing. Perhaps you avoid certain social situations or activities that you know can be scary or embarrassing because you know how anxious you’ll be while participating.

You may not realize how much this is affecting your life and how much it’s interfering with your studies and your ability to function normally. Social anxiety can affect anyone, regardless of their gender, race, or socio-economic background. It can affect anyone at any age, too, but it’s most common in young people who are entering university for the first time.


The 3 Things You Need to Overcome Social Anxiety in College

– Awareness – That’s right, awareness. You can’t possibly overcome social anxiety without first acknowledging that it’s even happening. You’re going to have to be willing to open your eyes and look beyond the status quo and see the ways that social anxiety is affecting your life, both in terms of your mental health and in terms of your academic performance. You need to be willing to be aware of how social anxiety is affecting your day-to-day life.

In order to overcome social anxiety, you need to be aware of what it feels like to be anxious, what it feels like to avoid situations because you know they’re likely to make you anxious, and what it feels like to have an honest and open discussion with your friends and family about what you’re experiencing. – Acceptance – Now you know what’s going on and what you need to do about it, next you need to work on accepting it. Accepting social anxiety means that you need to be okay with where you’re at right now. You may not be okay with it right now, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t get there. It just means that you need to take small, step-by-step steps towards being okay with yourself.

One of the best ways to do this is to keep a journal. Keeping a journal is a great way to bring some of your anxiety out into the open as well as to start a conversation with yourself about what you want out of your life. You can keep your journal by your bed or by your desk so that you’re reminded to write these feelings down. The more open you are with yourself, the more you’re able to let go of the anxiety so that it has room to dissipate on its own.


Strategies for Overcoming Social Anxiety in College

– Seek Help – One of the most important things that you can do to overcome social anxiety is to seek help. You may find that you have symptoms of social anxiety that go beyond the scope of what is considered a normal case and that go unnoticed. You may have been keeping these feelings bottled up for so long that you’ve forgotten what “normal” feels like. If you’ve been struggling to overcome social anxiety on your own, you may want to consider seeking professional help.

There are many different options available, whether it is a counselor or therapist, medication such as an anti-depressant or anti-anxiety medication, or a combination of both. Whatever option you choose, make sure that you listen to your gut and that you feel like you’re getting the right help for you. – Learn to Self-Medicate – College is a stressful time, and you may experience higher levels of anxiety during this time. In order to overcome social anxiety, you may need to use some methods for self-soothing and for coping with stress and anxiety.

One of the most common ways that people cope with social anxiety is by taking their mind off of the situation by engaging in something that they’re good at. Examples of this include: – Studying is a great way to take your mind off of the situation and to help you to feel like you’re spending your time in a productive way. – Spending time with your friends or family members who are comfortable and happy is a great way to take your mind off of the situation, too. – Making time for things that make you feel good, like reading or listening to music, will help you to feel like you’re doing something productive even if it’s not particularly challenging.


Conclusion

Social anxiety can seriously impact your life in more ways than you realize. It can cause you to avoid certain social situations and activities that you know are going to make you anxious because you don’t want to feel that way, and it can cause you to feel like you don’t know how to properly navigate certain social situations.

It’s important to remember that there are things that you can do to overcome social anxiety, and it’s important to remember that you are worth it. It’s also important to remember that there are people who will support you while you do this work, and this community is here to help.

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