SAA 006: How To Deal With Physical Symptoms Of Social Anxiety Disorder
Would you say that physical symptoms of your social anxiety make your anxiety even more intense? They do, right? And there’s a perfectly good explanation for this.
You see, when you get to experience the symptoms, you get reminded that the situation you’ve found yourself in, is dangerous. It’s your survival mechanism kicking in. It wants to warn you about a perceived danger and it wants you to remove yourself from that danger immediately.
So blushing, feeling hot, sweating excessively, shaking, feeling a sudden need to swallow, experiencing a rapid heartbeat are just your body’s reaction to a social situation and a warning mechanism that is supposed to help you escape the situation as quickly as possible.
In a way these physical symptoms help you survive.
But the problem is that you get these warning signs in situations that are not really dangerous to you. There’s nothing life-threatening going on and yet your subconscious mind thinks it is.
However, this isn’t the only problem.
These physical symptoms can be visible to other people and that makes you even more self-conscious and anxious in social situations.
It’s something about these symptoms that makes us feel embarrassed and ashamed and unfortunately this only adds fuel to your anxiety.
When you get to experience the symptoms you’re not only anxious about the situation itself but you become anxious about the symptoms as well. You try to keep it a secret. You try to hide what’s going on inside you and this makes you even more tense and nervous.
That’s why you need to learn how to deal with these symptoms. You need to have a way to release the anxiety about your symptoms being seen by other people.
So make sure you listen to this episode of my Social Anxiety Advice podcast, because that’s where I share with you a long-term solution to this problem.
I help you reframe your limiting beliefs that you have about other people seeing you anxious and commenting on that.
So, if you haven’t listened to it yet, make sure you do it now; because it will help you replace your limiting beliefs with better ones.
You’ll see that this is way better than merely changing your focus. Sure switching focus away from the physical symptoms can help and I actually recommend you to do it if and when you experience the symptoms, however I want you to stop worrying about the symptoms altogether.
You’ll notice that when you stop worrying about other people seeing you anxious, your symptoms become far less intense and more often than not they vanish completely.
Listen to this week’s show and let me know what you think about it. There’s a comment section below where you can express your thoughts, ask questions and share your own tips and strategies with other people who might find them helpful. They will appreciate it and so will I.
And one more thing… This time I’ve recorded a video version as well. So if you’re more of a visual type of person and you prefer to learn that way, you might want to watch this video instead.