Week 01: Gain strength through

Week 04: Master the art of social interactions

Week 05: Hold tight and act with intention

Week 06: Maintain your gains and stay well

Mindfulness and social anxiety

As we discussed last week, understanding social anxiety helps us find ways to solve it. Mindfulness offers many tools to help you understand and manage your social anxiety better. For example, mindfulness skills can help address the attention biases and physical symptoms that keep problems with social anxiety going. 

Mindfulness can also help by allowing you to:

  • Manage and let go of worrisome and ‘what if’ thoughts better
  • Gain distance from negative thoughts about yourself
  • Manage anxious symptoms better so that you feel less overwhelmed and more in control
  • Focus on the situation, other people and the environment with curiosity (rather than on your ‘mistakes’, appearance, anxious symptoms etc.)
  • Help you accept things as they are, even when they’re not how you want them to be
  • Help you accept yourself and practice self-compassion
  • Help you respond to your anxiety wisely, rather than letting it control your life

As you can see, there are many reasons to practice mindfulness if you struggle with social anxiety. Mindfulness also improves physical health, sleep, and productivity. All of these benefits can impact how you feel day to day and how you manage your anxiety.