In this thread I am gonna gather everything a know about social anxiety (disorder). This will serve as compilation of tips and way how to cure that anxiety. (immediate help and long term solution also). IMMEDIATE TIP/ TECHNIQUES When you are in social setting and you feel overwhelmed. Start to breath more slowly and gently. Try to breath more to your belly. Not only to the upper lungs. That is shallow breathing. Try to do deeper breaths. Do not sigh. Controlly breath. That activates your parasympatic nervour system (google), which is a system what is actived when you relax. It calms you down. Try to speak more slowly and with pauses. That activate your parasympatic nervour system and calm you down. (Don´t over do it, cos you will look like a wack. LONG TERM ADVICES To start curing your social anxiety Sleep more. You need sleep 8-9 hours, that´s optimal. 7 at least. Your body is tired and strained from the phychical pressure. You must rest. A poor sleep increases anxiety. Exercise. Certainly. Lift some weight, both strengh training help you in long term. Meditate - just give yourself a while to be alone with your thoughts. Do some CBT by your own - Cognitive-behavorial therapy. The thought is here to change negative thinking patterns. Don´t eat rafined sugar, don´t eat junk food. That will mess up you hormonal system, raise cortisol levels (stress hormone). Eat heathy Dring a lot of water Do not procrastinate You will be more stress, that´s isn´t good, it only increases anxiety improve your social skills ... SOCIAL SKILLS: Anxiety is sometimes cause by lack of social skill. You can fix that. You may try Verbal expression exercise Free talking, speak your mind. Just speak what do you think for 5 to 10 min Next level Speak about one idea only or speak about any given topic. * You may for example read and article and try to retell that article.