Practicing yoga and meditation can be great for reducing anxiety symptoms, but I've also found that going for a brisk walk or a run empties my head of anxious thoughts.If you also suffer from social anxiety, one of the best things you can do is be kind to yourself.
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Just like online dating apps, I use Facebook or Whats App to establish common ground and shared interests and identify key areas to discuss.
Just knowing that I have conversation topics to fall back on significantly reduces my anxiety.
And, just like Bridget Jones, I too am haunted by the image of dying alone and being eaten by pet alsatians.
I manage my anxiety using a few methods that have worked for me, but many people with anxiety seek help from health professionals, which can be very effective. The prospect of approaching a good-looking stranger in person fills me with absolute horror. When I’m messaging a match on Tinder or Hinge, I feel more confident and reassured just knowing that I talk to a member of the opposite sex without blushing or feeling sick.
; whether I’m talking to a stranger in the store, or speaking to colleagues in a meeting.
It’s frustrating, but I’m learning to live with it.
But, unbeknown to my date, while I’m doing my very best impression of a swan, I'm far from the outward picture of calm.