October 25, 2015

10 Easy Ways to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder

Today we conclude our exploration of anxiety with some practical tips for overcome anxiety!

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Everybody experiences shyness in certain situations at one time or another. Whether it's on a first date, or taking the podium at conference or even going to a party with new people, it's natural to feel slightly anxious in unknown situations. However, there is a disorder that many people confuse with simple shyness, that actually is far more intense and problematic than being shy.

Shyness usually only manifests in a particular type of situation, allowing you to be quite functional in everyday life. Social anxiety disorder, on the other hand, is quite different, where if left untreated will cause you to destroy every personal connection in your life. Here are 10 easy ways to overcome social anxiety disorder.

#1 - FIND A GOOD THERAPIST: 
This is usually the first step to serious treatment when you recognize that you may have social anxiety disorder. A good therapist will help you get to the root of your problem and proscribe exercises to do to overcome it. Try to get a referral from someone you trust.


#2 - JOIN A SUPPORT GROUP: 
A support group is a great way to interact with people whom you know will be understanding of your problem and supportive in your efforts to seek treatment.


#3 - READ AS MUCH AS YOU CAN: 
Get all of the self-help books that you can and look for ways to help change your thought processes and get you out of your shell. Knowing the most you can about social anxiety disorder will help you overcome it more effectively.


#4 - FIGURE OUT YOUR SYMPTOMS: 
Take notes and analyze how and under what circumstances your social anxiety disorder manifests itself.


#5 - ASSESS YOUR SAD TRIGGERS: 
After you've figured out your symptoms, look for what triggers them in social and professional situations.


#6 - PROCESS YOUR DISORDER: 
Come to grips with the idea that you have this disorder, and make a concerted effort that you will overcome it.


#7 - GET BACK OUT THERE: 
Look for little ways to forge small social interactions that you can use to build your therapy on. Idle chit chat and small talk is a great way to alleviate a lot of the stress and anxiety you are feeling.


#8 - WORK ON IT ALL THE TIME: 
For your treatment to be effective, you have to be vigilant. Work on it all the time to avoid the temptation to recede back into your mental shell.


#9 - WORK TO OVERCOME YOUR NATURAL RESPONSE: 
The most difficult part of the process of overcoming social anxiety disorder is retraining your mental habits and going against your natural inclinations. With effort and practice, you can do this.



#10 - EMPLOY THE POSITIVE: 
One of the most common traits of social anxiety disorder is the succumbing to negative thoughts and dwelling on them. But focus on the positive things you can do and use these as a basis to bolster your confidence.



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Joshua Uebergang, aka "Tower of Power", teaches social skills to help shy guys build friends and influence people. Visit his blog and sign-up free to get communication techniques, relationship-boosting strategies, and life-building tips by email, along with blog updates, and more! Go now to http://www.towerofpower.com.au/free/

October 16, 2015

How to Overcome Social Anxiety Disorder and Shyness

Today we continue our exploration of anxiety, this time taking into consideration shyness!

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Social anxiety disorder is the most-diagnosed mental disorder in society today. More people suffer from it than from any other mental malaise, and they suffer quietly, because even though it is the most diagnosed mental disease, it is estimated that the affliction affects many more people who go undiagnosed.

The primary cause of this lack of diagnosis is often that many people confuse the symptoms of Social Anxiety Disorder with that of ordinary shyness, as the two tend to manifest in similar ways. 


In fact, Social Anxiety Disorder is essentially a hyper-active, incredibly intense shyness that causes a person so afflicted to be overwhelmed by their phobia that they eschew the situation altogether.

It can be a tough nut to crack. Here are a few ways to help you overcome your Social Anxiety Disorder and Shyness.


SELF-ANALYSIS
Focus on and analyze your negative though patterns. Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder constantly wallow in their own negative thinking, which is one of the sources of their low self-esteem. A sufferer must learn to retrain their thought processes and focus more upon constructing healthy, positive thinking.


BE THE CHANGE
Look for something simple to change about yourself. Maybe some element of your personal style, your clothing or your personal grooming. Look at your personal habits and look for areas of improvement. Try an exercise program.


PRACTICE
In private, rehearse some new social skills by researching topics you are interested in and discussing them. Practice these discussions in the mirror.


VENTURE OUT
Find new things to do outside of your comfort zone, but take baby steps. Don't overwhelm yourself by "diving in" full bore. Do something simple, like making eye contact with a passerby on the street.
If this works out for you, do it again. Add in a friendly "hello" as you pass. Try to initiate simple and easy conversations with people on the bus, at the library or at the store, but do it slowly.


REMEMBER

You are not alone with your intense shyness. Social Anxiety Disorder is one of the most common mental disorders. Try to find a support group to supplement your therapy with a trained psychologist. Realizing that you are not alone in this can be a great way to move forward with your treatment, and to practice the skills and techniques proscribed to you in a friendly and sympathetic environment.



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Joshua Uebergang, aka "Tower of Power", teaches social skills to help shy guys build friends and influence people. Visit his blog and sign-up free to get communication techniques, relationship-boosting strategies, and life-building tips by email, along with blog updates, and more! Go now to http://www.towerofpower.com.au/free/

October 4, 2015

Surprising Facts About Anxiety Disorders – 7 Ways to Cope

Today we begin a three part series presented by Joshua Uebergang on anxiety, a major issue for survivors of sexual abuse.

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Only anxious people understand what it’s like to feel anxiety. Getting told to “calm down” is annoying. Meeting people is not fun. A delay in someone accepting your Facebook friendship means they don’t like you.

I get it – once having an anxiety disorder own me years ago. It’s a weird experience. To help, I made a videographic of surprising facts about anxiety disorders. You might get surprised by the celebrities who suffer from anxiety, symptoms of anxiety, and ways to deal with the disorder.




Watch the Video:








See the Infographic:

Anxiety disorder infographic





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