How to Get Through the Day With Social Anxiety

Social Anxiety is a mental illness that effects people of all ages, cultures, and stereotypes and is something many people live with world wide. It can make your day very challenging especially when you are in very social circumstances. This article is here to help you get through those tough times.


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    In the morning, sit down with a piece of paper and write down what you're going to be doing and where you're going to be going that day. Do not avoid going places or doing things because you're worried of the outcome. It's very difficult, but facing your fears one-by-one will gradually make it easier. Address each situation and see which ones are most likely to be stress provoking and which one's you're going to enjoy. Focus on what you're excited for and reach your goal.
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    Get ready. Dress up in clothes that are comfortable but also boost your self esteem. Keep yourself moving so that you don't have time to over think your day.
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    Start your day. As you go through it, you will notice that you have something called "automatic thoughts." These are the random little thoughts that will cluster your brain such as "I'm not going to get through this." or "I need to get out of here" or "I'm not able to do this." Automatic thoughts will tend to be negative and they will affect how you're feeling. You need to challenge them with thoughts like "I can do this" and "I've survived it before and I'll survive it again" and "Am I really in danger?" Positive thinking will affect how you feel which will affect how you behave. It's all connected.
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    Surround yourself with people who you know you can trust and who can help you through it. It will make you relax to know that there are people around who are on your side.
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    Make sure you are seeing a psychologist regularly. They will give you strategies that will help with the anxiety and they will never judge you. They are on your side.


  • If you find yourself in a panic attack start doing different techniques to calm yourself down. First try deep breathing. Breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 3, out for 5 and hold for 3. Repeat. Meditation gets you to focus on calming down.
  • Remember that the anxiety is not in control of you. You are in control of it. You are the one who has the power.
  • Also try simple math equations. These stimulate the other side of your brain. For example: 20+24= 44. 74+12=86. Repeat with different equations.


  • If you ever feel that life is not worth living or that you want to escape it all, you need to tell someone. Even if it's only a fleeting thought. Things do get better even though you can't see that right now. Tell a trusted friend, a family member or a doctor. They are all on your side and they care about you very much.
  • If you ever feel so nervous that you don't want to leave the house, or you are avoiding certain situations, then it's time for some help. A psychiatrist is able to give you medications if they feel that you need it. These are often a huge help on the road to recovery.

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Categories: Stress Anxiety and Crisis Management | Social Anxiety