You make plans for what sounds like an awesome weekend adventure with friends. You’re fired up and ready to take on life.
But when the time for your big adventure comes, you’re overwhelmed by an anxiety too difficult to face. Frustrated and unsure how to deal with this reality, you cancel.
So just what is this awful anxiety that wreaks havoc on all things social?
This anxiety is called social anxiety.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), “social phobia is a strong fear of being judged by others and of being embarrassed. This fear can be so strong that it gets in the way of going to work or school or doing other everyday things.”
One of the most popular ways to deal with social anxiety is exposure. However, there may be something even more helpful in dealing with the stress associated with social anxiety.
A recent study has shown that random acts of kindness may assist in social anxiety.
College students who experience social anxiety were broken up into three groups for a period of four weeks. One group performed random kind acts. A second group practiced general social exposure. And and a control group journaled life details.
Upon completion of the study, it was determined that those who practiced random acts of kindness experienced the greatest decrease in social anxiety.
Now that’s food for thought.