Managing Social Anxiety
Social Anxiety is the fear of being in the company of others. This fear can bring on feelings of self-consciousness and being judged.
These initial responses then lead to feelings of:
- humiliation and
Some of the triggers for social anxiety may include:
It is the intensity of the feelings that trigger anxiety, such as:
- Excessive shyness
- Intense worry
- Extreme fear
- Fear of embarrassment or humiliation
- Fear that others will notice the physical symptoms
Physical Symptoms of Social Anxiety
Whilst not all people experience these, they appear to be the most common physical symptoms of social anxiety:
It is not that surprising that individuals who experience social anxiety choose to limit the exposure to triggers, this in turn can lead to a vicious cycle of social isolation and increased feelings of helplessness.
Other behavioural symptoms may include:
- Avoidance of social situations
- Stay quiet and hide in the shadows
- Always with someone else
- Excessive drinking to boost confidence
Social Anxiety Coaching Intensive Programme
As this is a “feelings” condition, the first step is to understand and make sense of how the brain works. Through education the thinking component of social anxiety is addressed and reframed.
The next step is to change the behaviour by gentle exposure to social settings in a non-threatening environment until the fear trigger is disarmed and the physiological response to stress is reduced.
During the 12 week programme key issues are addressed, either as:
- a one on one coaching session
- a live webinar
- educational resources and
- after week 7, an invitation to join a small group of people at my coaching room to discuss social anxiety as a weekly support group.
Below is an example of how I will work with you, to ensure your needs are met:
|Week 1:||The Human Brain and Habit Formation|
|Week 2:||Controlling our response to our feelings.|
|Week 3:||Rewiring your brain to think, feel and be different|
|Week 4:||Letting go…why fighting the symptoms of social anxiety doesn’t work|
|Week 5:||Learning the physiology of relaxation and stress|
|Week 6:||Treating all thoughts as equal, no good, bad or ugly.|
|Week 7:||Join a small (5 or less) weekly meet up group to learn the art of small talk|
|Week 8:||Using humour to break terminal seriousness. We play silly games!!|
|Week 9:||Change your thinking: Change your life|
|Week 10:||Active Listening Skills- taking you out of the equation|
|Week 11:||Seeing life from many perspectives - developing behavioural flexability|
|Week 12:||Love the one you are with – learning gratitude|
Contact me today to discuss working together on your managing your social anxiety.