Steps to Overcoming Social Anxiety


Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is a common mental health condition characterised by intense fear or anxiety in social situations. It can manifest...

Social anxiety, also known as social phobia, is a common mental health condition characterised by intense fear or anxiety in social situations. It can manifest as feelings of self-consciousness, fear of judgment or embarrassment, and avoidance of social interactions.

However, with the right support and strategies, individuals can learn to manage and overcome social anxiety. In this blog post, we’ll explore practical steps for overcoming social anxiety and building confidence in social situations.

Understanding Social Anxiety:

The first step in overcoming social anxiety is to understand its underlying causes and triggers. Social anxiety often stems from a fear of negative evaluation or judgment by others, leading to feelings of inadequacy, embarrassment, or rejection. 

Social anxiety is often fueled by negative thoughts and self-criticism. Individuals with social anxiety may engage in cognitive distortions,  mind-reading or overgeneralising.


Treatment for social anxiety may include:

  • Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT):  CBT is a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for social anxiety that focuses on identifying and challenging negative thought patterns and behaviours. 
  • Medication Management:  In some cases, medications may be prescribed to help manage symptoms of social anxiety.
  • Group Therapy:  Participating in group therapy or support groups for social anxiety can provide a sense of validation. Group settings offer opportunities for peer support, feedback, and social skills practice in a safe and supportive environment.

In addition to these interventions, we emphasise the importance of self-care, self-compassion, and resilience-building in overcoming social anxiety. By prioritising self-care and well-being, individuals can develop the strength, confidence, and resilience needed to navigate social situations with greater ease and confidence.

In conclusion, overcoming social anxiety is a journey that requires courage, perseverance, and support. By understanding the underlying causes of social anxiety and challenging negative thoughts and beliefs individuals can learn to manage anxiety and build confidence in social interactions.

If you would like to enquire about mental health care at Cardinal Clinic, you can call us on 01753 869755. Alternatively, if you wish to refer yourself for mental health care, you can complete our self referral form.

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*McManus, S., Meltzer, H., Brugha, T. S., Bebbington, P. E., & Jenkins, R. (2009). Adult psychiatric morbidity in England, 2007: results of a household survey.

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