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Many folks struggle with social anxiety. This article will help you to feel more comfortable in social situations, such that your confidence will improve and you'll be making new connections with people very soon.

The first thing to understand is that you are not alone. Fear and anxiety have a way of making you feel isolated and alone. Did you know that an estimated 19.1 million Americans suffer from some type of an anxiety disorder? Amazing isn't it! That's over 13% of our entire population.

The next time you're feeing alone in your struggle and you're watching TV or in a place where there are other people do this little activity -- Count them in numers of 10, and know that 1 - 2 people in every 10 are struggling in a similar way as you. This revelation alone can be a relief.

Today I'm going to give you some "use 'em today" strategies that are quite simple, but powerful in the elimination of anxiety. Please understand that if your anxiety management skills aren't in place, some of these activities will be more challenging for you. For instance, if you are having frequent panic attacks, dizzy spells, sweats or other strong anxiety symptoms you'll want to practice relaxation skills first. I'm here to help with that. Always feel free to contact me. I'm only a phone call away.


1) Note openings in conversations? Stretch by stepping
into 1-3 of these opportunities in next week.

2)All interactions have flow or a pace. Take a week and observe the pace or flow of conversations of others. Notice how each conversation has a beginning, middle and an end.

3) Look for the "inviting" or "friendly" face in the
office, at the grocery or in a gathering of any

4) Pay attention to conversation themes. Build a list
of opening questions for each theme. Work on flow
but also have a plan.

5) Smile

6) Be complimentary

7) Use active listening skills like sounds, nodding,
reflecting what the person is saying etc.

8) Match the persons energy/tone of voice.

9) Make a game of each conversation theme and think up
questions on the topic until you've exhausted
all your ideas.

10) Acknowledge and validate how someone is feeling.
This empathetic response helps folks feel cared



"Anxiety is a thin stream of fear trickling through the mind. If encouraged, it cuts a channel into which all other thoughts are drained."

~~ Arthur Somers Roche



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