Do you struggle with Social Anxiety? Are you wondering if it will just go away by itself? Jill White-Huffman, Licensed Professional Counselor & Marriage and Family Therapist, sat down with WFMY News 2's Faith Abubey to discuss social anxiety and dating relationships.
Below are a few key points about how to handle social anxiety:
How will someone know if they may be experiencing Social Anxiety?
- They fear being judge by others.
- Social settings may manifest irrational thoughts like feeling everyone around may be watching because they do not measure up. This results in feeling inadequate and humiliated.
- Many people experience shyness, worry, trembling, nervousness, increased heart rate, excessive sweating and their voice is shaky when they speak.
2. What seems to make Social Anxiety symptoms worst?
- Public speaking or being in large crowds.
- Dating and meeting new people.
- Making conversation in meetings, groups and activities.
3. What might be helpful to those people who have Social Anxiety?
- Friends or Family may be able to arrange a blind date.
- Church, community group settings and Neighborhood Associations may make it easier to explore potential dating relationships.
- Volunteering makes it easier to get to know people on a personal level.
- Educational Activities that involve people spending time with one another who share common ground is much easier than starting from scratch.
- Sporting events can tell you a lot about people. How they react/respond to the games may show how they would conduct themselves in a romantic relationship.
- Hobbies and Clubs could be helpful because you may feel much more at ease striking up a conversation with someone who shares your same compassion.
For more information on social anxiety or to seek advice contact Jill White-Huffman at 336-855-1860, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website.