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4 Tips to Advance Your Career With Social Anxiety

Last week, I shared tips on how to deal with professional commitments when you have social anxiety.  This week, I wanted to dive a little deeper, especially if you’re looking to advance your career. While people often find job interviews to be a little nerve-wracking, you find them downright debilitating. I remember the first time I had to go through a group interview, I was so nervous and scared that they could all sense my anxiety. It can be really hard to advance in your career when you can’t handle things like interviews and job meetings. Here are some tips I’ve found helpful for advancing your career even with social anxiety. Tips to Advance Your Career with Social Anxiety Change Your Mindset The first thing you need to do when you want to advance your career is to change your mindset.…

5 Tips to Deal With Social Anxiety When You Have Professional Commitments

Having social anxiety while maintaining a professional career, especially in the corporate world can be challenging at times, especially when your colleagues don’t know about your social anxiety disorder.  As much as you care about your career, it’s not something that you want to disclose to everyone. However, it is definitely possible to manage your social anxiety and still advance in your career. I  have made a personal goal NOT to allow my social anxiety from holding me back professionally and moving up in my career.  It’s really important for me to try and manage my anxiety as best as possible and maintain a somewhat normal life and career. That doesn’t mean I don’t get terrified and have a lot of anxiety when I am when I’m required to complete certain tasks like leading meetings or giving a presentation to my…

6 Things You Should Never Say to Someone with Social Anxiety

I’ve lived with social anxiety all my life. And last week was the first time I came out publically about it.  This list of 6 things you should never say to someone with social anxiety is real. Because all of them have been said to me.  I don’t take it personally because I know the person(s) stating these things didn’t know about my disorder. 1. Just get over it This is #1 for a reason. It irks my soul when someone tells me to, “Just get over my anxiety”. This phrase is in no way helpful. People who are anxious want to get over their worries, but it’s not that easy. Anxiety doesn’t just go away when you ask it to. Telling someone to “just get over it”, belittles our issues and implies that our fears and anxieties are easy…

How Social Anxiety Relates to Other Mental Illnesses

Social anxiety is just one form of anxiety, and not only can it relate to other forms of anxiety, but other mental illnesses as well. Having a mental illness does not make a person weak, but it does make them vulnerable to avoidance and many other issues in their life. Here is how social anxiety might be related to other mental illnesses, and what you can do about it. It Often Accompanies Other Anxiety Disorders One of the ways social anxiety related to other mental illnesses is the fact that it is often not the only type of anxiety disorder you can have. You might have social phobias in addition to generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), or possibly have a panic attack disorder heightened by your social anxiety. This is why it is good to get professional help for treatment, at…

I’m Coming Out, I Want the World to Know

I’ve always considered myself shy, but if you ask the majority of my friends, they would tell you I am not shy AT ALL. I’m a pretty social and have a lot of friends. I attend events, travel and lead a pretty normal life.  But what you don’t know is that 9 times out of 10, I struggle in social situations. Years ago, I took part in a study on shyness that included group activities and some solo assignments like “starting a conversation with a stranger”, in hopes that this would help me with my shyness, but it did not. So finally last year, I started doing research on the differences between shyness and social anxiety. That is when I realized, I have social anxiety. Social anxiety is the third largest mental health care problem in the world today. In…