Social Anxiety Symptoms – Do I have social phobia or am I just shy?

Social Anxiety Symptoms – Do I have social phobia or am I just shy?

Do you feel tense or awkward in social situations? Do you worry about what strangers think of you when walking down the street? Are these thoughts and feelings causing you to avoid ...

Panic Away Review – Can it Really Help to Reduce Your Anxiety?

Panic Away Review – Can it Really Help to Reduce Your Anxiety?

Panic Away is a program for treating panic and general anxiety disorder developed by Barry McDonagh, an ex sufferer. In it he details the techniques that helped him to overcome his ...

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce Social Anxiety Disorder

How Mindfulness Meditation Can Reduce Social Anxiety Disorder

Along with being more active and regular exercise, mindfulness meditation is highly recommended for overcoming social anxiety. Its popularity amongst psychotherapists has grown tre ...

How You Can Reduce Your Anxiety With Exercise

How You Can Reduce Your Anxiety With Exercise

[Photo courtesy of Ernst Moeksis] Ever heard the saying 'healthy body, healthy mind'? When it comes to anxiety treatment this saying has never been truer. Studies have shown that r ...

Do I Suffer from Social Anxiety or Am I Just Shy?

Do I Suffer from Social Anxiety or Am I Just Shy?

[Image courtesy of Vaqawi] If you were a shy child you're not alone. 4 in 5 people are estimated to have been shy as children, and half of those then continue feeling shy occasiona ...

Anger Management – How to Express Anger Healthily if You Suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder

Anger Management – How to Express Anger Healthily if You Suffer from Social Anxiety Disorder

[Image courtesy of e-magic] The world can be an unfair place at times, with people seemingly conspiring to make your life difficult. When people do something to annoy you 'losing i ...

How to Say ‘No’ for a Less Stressful or Anxious Life

How to Say ‘No’ for a Less Stressful or Anxious Life

Feeling that you have to say 'yes' to every request for help is a symptom of the 'disease to please'. Whilst doing favours for people is just part of everyday life, sometimes runni ...

6 Habits to Improve Your Mood and Reduce Your Social Anxiety

It's believed that, in most cases, social anxiety is driven by mindset, rather than a chemical imbalance. It tends to go hand in hand with negative thinking, and interpreting situations as being much worse than they really are. As such, it's a good idea to work on improving your mental processes if you want to overcome social anxiety for good. Abraham Lincoln once said that “most people are about as happy a ...

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YouTube Videos on Social Anxiety Disorder

Vladimir has recently overtaken the Shy and Quiet blog if you'd like to read a personal account on getting to grips with overcoming social anxiety. He's also bravely posted some videos onto YouTube, which you might  find helpful, in which he discusses the causes of his problem and his determination to overcome them. Whilst on YouTube I also stumbled upon this video featuring a former sufferer who has manag ...

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8 Ways to Combat Depression and Reduce Social Anxiety

While there are many possible causes, one thing many people with social anxiety have in common is that they also suffer from depression. It's a double edged sword because the isolation from other people and lack of activity caused by social anxiety can make you feel depressed while feeling depressed can make you want to avoid contact with other people. For this reason medication is commonly administered for ...

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Is There a Chimp Causing Your Unhelpful Thoughts?

BBC radio show The Daily Bacon recently featured an interview with sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters about his new book ‘The Chimp Paradox’. Dr Peters has helped the British Olympic Cycling Team to improve their mental processes and has worked with hospital patients suffering from depression and other mental health issues for 20 years. So when he shares his insights on how you can improve your thought pro ...

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8 Reasons Why Exercise Helps to Reduce Social Anxiety Disorder

We're told all the time about the benefits of being active. Working out makes you fit, builds muscle and helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle. There have been countless studies on the advantages of exercise and what it can do for your body. In fact, many clinical psychologists use exercise as a key part of their treatment for depression, general anxiety and the more specific social anxiety disorder. This ...

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15 Million Americans Estimated to Suffer from Social Anxiety

It looks as though my overcoming social anxiety disorder website is nearly up and running at just the right time based on the recent news headlines. In the results of a survey, announced in Businessweek, it was discovered that potentially 15 million Americans could suffer from social anxiety, with it damaging their ability to live fulfilling social and romantic lives. The fear of encountering hostility or r ...

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6 Breathing Exercises that Help Reduce Social Anxiety

You may not think about breathing during the day because it is automatic. But while we do it involuntarily,  breathing is the bridge between our mind and body and a key to our health and wellness. Oxygen is vital to help our brains function properly and assess situations objectively. For this reason, learning how to regulate and improve your breathing can help you stay relaxed when you can sense your social ...

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Think you’re lazy? Here’s how to be more active to combat social anxiety disorder

[Photo courtesy of Ingorrr] One of the (many) problems with social anxiety disorder is that it can affect your motivation to get out there and do things. The fear of negative evaluation by others might mean you prefer the safety of your bed, rather than face (usually misinterpreted) stares of disapproval. However, human beings by nature need to be stimulated. And avoiding activities will simply make you fee ...

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Why Negotiation is Like a Dance

[Picture courtesy of a4gpa] Following on from previous articles, in which I discussed assertiveness and how to say 'no', I'm now going to discuss why you should add negotiation to your growing list of skills. As with overcoming many of the symptoms of social anxiety, negotiation is about maintaining a balance between being fair to yourself and fair to others. Learn how to change your steps Social interactio ...

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7 Tips for Reducing Anxiety and Social Phobia

Everyone gets stressed at times. Whether it's at home, the office, in the streets or just commuting home, there are things that can make you feel stressed everywhere. When you get stressed it spikes your blood pressure, lowering your body’s defenses and ability to stay calm, which can cause feelings of anxiety and social phobia. However, you don’t have to go to a spa or a weekend retreat to relieve all the ...

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