Social anxiety – what is the problem? People often travel to get to places and to know more of the world. But traveling will be less than enjoyable if you are too shy to mingle with other people. Social anxiety is real and it should not be construed as something embarrassing. Overcoming shyness is one important trait you need to have. If you are shy and stuck in a bind you may not be able to ask for directions. This could lead to dire consequences. Luckily there are strategies that you can use to overcome social anxiety as you travel.
Understanding the fear and the reason for anxiety
Understanding the fear that causes anxiety will give you a better picture on what is causing the anxiety. Does the situation make you anxious? Does the opposite sex make you uncomfortable? Ask questions to get to the bottom of the problem. Knowing what causes your fears is the first step of overcoming it. You cannot do something to ease your anxiety if you don’t know what causes it. It is a chicken and egg thing if you think about it. The situation makes you anxious and the anxiety is fueled by the situation.
Learn to relax and fight anxiety
When you are being covered in fear it is helpful to keep the mind relaxed so you can focus on coping with the worry and forget about anxiety. It is best to know simple relaxation exercises like deep breathing. Stress feeds anxiety and the only counterattack against anxious moments is to make the mind and body relaxed. A relaxed mind keeps the anxiety in check. Often anxious people are doing shallow breathing and have increased heart rates.
Get some sleep – it will treat your anxiety
Sleep deprivation can lead to increased anxiety. Jet lag makes it difficult for travelers to sleep when they relocate to a new time zone. With sleep debt, social anxiety gets worse. The stress levels soar to stratospheric heights when people are not getting enough sleep. Learn how to cope with jet lag so you can control stress levels and get a grip on your social worries.
Eat healthy food it helps to fight anxiety
Eating the right kind of food can change the chemical imbalance in the body. Try eating foods that are rich in tryptophan, magnesium, potassium and vitamin B6. These nutrients are essential in making more serotonin in the body. Low levels of serotonin are often linked to increased anxiety levels. Try to eat healthy so you can have the mental toughness to overcome your fear of being with other people that you hardly know.
Move a little more – it will decrease the level of anxiety
Walking or doing some jogging around your hotel room can ease anxiety levels away. Increased movements can make people calmer. Exercise is known to coax the brain to produce more feel-good chemicals that can ease the nerves and allow you to cope better with social anxiety.
Social anxiety can be a normal thing if you have it within controllable levels. But you get to miss out on the fun of traveling if you remain shy. The strategies above are just stop-gap measure. Consulting a mental health professional can give you treatments that can ultimately control your worries about being out in public.
If you suffer from Social Anxiety when traveling – Clinical hypnosis could be the best method of treatment for you.
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