Can Career and Social Anxiety Mix? How To Deal

Just because you have social anxiety, doesn’t mean you don’t also care about your career.

While the professional world can be more difficult when you have this type of anxiety, it is definitely possible to manage it and still advance in your career.

Take a look at these tips for handling professional commitments even when you are dealing
with social anxiety.


Find Co-Workers You Feel Comfortable With

When you have a professional commitment you can’t get out of, try to find co-workers you know and feel comfortable with. When you are going out to eat with your colleagues, sit next to your co-worker that you know and trust, and ride along to a work party with your friends from work.

This can make it a little easier to socialize with others, as long as you stick to this person or small group of people. There is no reason you need to spend the entire time mingling with people you don’t know.

Be Realistic About What You Can Handle

While your career should be important to you, it is not always more important than your mental health.

There will be some situations you can handle, others you can push through, and some that are just so miserable you can’t stomach them.

Be realistic about what you can and can’t handle. If your boss asks you to speak at a conference, and you just don’t think you can do it without breaking down, offer to help with the conference in some other way.

Find alternatives so that you can take care of yourself, without letting other people down.

Focus on the Work Tasks You Enjoy

There are probably some work tasks you enjoy, and some that make you fearful. Try to focus more on the things you enjoy doing, regardless of the situation you are in.

If you need to attend an event with your co-workers, let your other colleagues handle the speaking parts, while you do things in the background like organizing supplies or helping work on the video slide show. This can work for any type of work commitment or function you have to participate in.

Try Breathing Exercises Before Work Events

Breathing exercises are great because they are easy to do without other people noticing, and can be done anywhere. Learn deep breathing, which can help you handle the most stressful of situations. Do you breathing before any work event.


4 Ways You Didn't Realize Social Anxiety Was Helping You

Hey, there!  Let's talk about social anxiety and how it is actually helping you.
Without you realizing it!

Social anxiety can be a big burden, especially when you have difficulty making friends, socializing 
even with people you know and love, and trying to have more adventures outside the  home. 

It literally paralyzes you!

However, social anxiety can also be helping you in some ways.  

By realizing the ways in which social anxiety can turn into a positive thing, you are able to start working on a healthy mindset that helps you manage all the difficult times. 

Ready to know 4 Ways Your Social Anxiety May Be Helping You?

Here they are:

Having Social Anxiety Can Help You Focus More on Yourself.


Can I Learn To Love Myself?5 Tips To Help You Love Yourself More

“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

This quote is so true. 

In this day of shaming – body or otherwise -on social media, it is no wonder people have a hard time accepting themselves for who they are – themselves. 

Self-love has so many emotional, physical and mental health benefits to it, that it should not be ignored. And you have to love yourself before you can effectively love others. 

Here are 5 Things You Can Do To Learn To Love Yourself More.

Move more

Sitting stagnates our body.

Have you ever sat in fort of the TV? I always have a feeling that the television makes me want to sit and relax and eat junk food mindlessly!

The result? Weight gain.

Gaining weight can make you lose your self-esteem and degrade the perception you have of yourself.

The solution is to get up and move!  Don't allow yourself to just be sitting down.  If your job demands it, get up and move at least 5 minutes out of each hour.

Trust me, your body will thank you for moving more!

Practice good nutrition

Have you heard the saying “You are what you eat.”?

This is so true.  And you have the choice to go eat junk food which obviously is high in salt, sugar, and saturated fat or to eat clean. 

Eating clean will not only provide your body with the nutrients it needs.  It will also help you stay fuller longer,  reducing the urge to eat unhealthy snacks between meals. 

Focus eating fresh fruits and vegetables, fish, lean meats, whole grains, nuts and seeds to get the nutrition your body wants and needs.

Improve your sleep quality

Being sleep deprived (for whatever reason) takes its toll on the body because that is the time the body uses to rebuild, repair and replenish itself. If you don’t give it adequate time to do these things, you start the next day at a reduced level of productivity.

If stress is keeping you from getting a good night sleep, take action to reduce it. If the cause is environmental, then make changes to your mattress, bedding, room temperature, amount of light coming in, or whatever it is that is keeping you from getting at least 7 to 8 hours of quality sleep.

Make time for you

Sometimes we get so busy taking care of others, that we forget to take care of ourselves. 

Engage in activities that are relaxing to you. Many people like to do yoga followed by a relaxing warm bath sprinkled with a few drops of their favorite essential oil, like lavender. Add in some soft music and a glass of wine and you have a recipe for relaxation.

Forgive yourself

This one is holding many of us back. There is something that we have done in our past that we are still holding against ourselves whether it was our fault or not. The only way to get past it is to forgive yourself and put it behind you. Otherwise the negative feelings will haunt you forever and hold you back.

The past can never be changed, so it is fruitless to dwell on it. Learn from those mistakes so that you don’t do it again in the future, but then don’t let them hold you back from living a quality life. Forget about it and move on!

Use these 5 tips to increase your self-acceptance and to love yourself more.  Be beautiful both on the inside and outside!