1. Fix what you’re physically feeling
Social anxiety can be associated with physical symptoms like perspiring, trembling, and an increased heart rate. So maybe, if you’re worrying about your keynote speech, this isn’t the time to pour that third espresso or quaff that extra energy drink. “You’re setting yourself up to have a physiological response that’s just going to feed into that anxiety,” says Barry Wiser, a clinical psychologist in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia.
Instead, treat your body to aerobic exercise, deep breathing, meditation or yoga, activities that are all linked to relaxation and reduced anxiety. Stanford University researchers found that giving training in mindfulness meditation to people with social anxiety disorder actually helped to decrease their symptoms.