Wednesday, January 2, 2019

What Good Could Possibly Come From Social Anxiety?

Social anxiety disorder can be a big burden when you have a hard time making friends, socializing with people you know and love, and trying to have more adventures away from home. However, it is also possible that it is benefiting you in some ways, and we are going to try to focus on those. When you find those ways it's a positive things, you'll be able to start working on a healthy mindset, which is incredibly helpful during those difficult times. Readjusting your mindset can be all you need to get through that awful Thursday afternoon when nothing seems to be going your way. Here are a few good things that stem from Social Anxiety Disorder. 

You Can Focus More on Yourself

Social anxiety tries to shrink our lives, and keep us away from anything outside of our comfort zone. Luckily, we are in our own comfort zone. Spending time with yourself gives you lots of time to work on yourself. Adjust that mindset, and see it as a positive thing. Perhaps you can read some self help books, like this AMAZING book from David Burns. Other great ways to work on yourself is to listen to podcasts, or write out your feelings. Not everyone has the opportunity to spend time to work through their feelings, so take advantage while you can. 

It Allows you to Spend More One-on-One Time

Another good benefit to having this type of anxiety is that you feel more comfortable being around just one person than a group of people. Why is this a benefit? Because you get quality time you wouldn’t otherwise have gotten. You can make lifelong friends or form a really strong bond with a cousin, neighbor, or co-worker when you get more intimate time with them, as opposed to a crowded party where you don’t spend much time with each person. I'm always happy to spend hours chatting with an old friend or neighbor, but ALWAYS hesitant to go to a larger get together. 

You Are Inspired to Seek Counseling or Therapy

Many people with social anxiety will get help by seeing a counselor or therapist. Not only can they help you with your anxiety, but therapy is good for everyone. It can help you work out your problems, turn to someone and unload all those negative feelings, and get to the bottom to things bothering you that you didn’t even realize before. If you didn’t have anxiety, you might have never gone to therapy and discovered all of the other ways it benefited you.

You Start Other Healthy Habits

People with anxiety also try to find natural remedies, like with proper diet, exercise, better sleep, and journaling. You know what these all have in common? They’re good for you! Everyone should be using these methods to help with their daily life. You got the motivation to start healthy habits with your anxiety, and it is probably helping with your physical health and wellbeing as well.
Beth Ann
Beth Ann

Beth Ann is a mom to 3 crazy hooligans, and a wife to one (mostly absent against his will) sailor.

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