Chelsea based psychologist Emma Smith says that opening up to friends and family and using mindfulness based techniques can be helpful in managing social anxiety outside of therapy sessions. Chelsea Psychology Clinic are a group of London psychologists and psychiatrists offering private psychological therapy and psychiatry treatment from their premises across central London and Chelsea. The private therapy sessions cover the following areas: – Acceptance & Commitment Therapy – Cognitive Analytic Therapy – Cognitive-behavioural Therapy – Couples Therapy – Dialectical-behaviour Therapy – Mentalisation Based Treatment – Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy – Schema Therapy https://www.thechelseapsychologyclinic.com
There’s a lot that you can do to manage. I think, opening up with friends and family and letting them know a little bit what your struggle is can be really helpful. Because often when people experience social anxiety, it can feel really shaming and embarrassing to actually open up and say to your friends, “You know what? I get really anxious going to social events. I worry that…” Whatever the specific worry is, “I worry that I might spill food down my top. I worry that I might say something stupid and embarrass myself.” If you can open up to friends and family, trusted friends and family, people that you can rely on, then actually they often want to support and help, and that can be incredibly, incredibly helpful in terms of putting yourself into new situations and extending what you’re doing. So opening up to friends and family and also using mindfulness can be really helpful as well.