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Overcoming Anxiety Around People

by | Feb 5, 2023 | Acupuncture, Health

When a person suffers from generalized anxiety disorder, meeting new people can be a daunting and overwhelming experience. The constant worry and uncertainty of how to interact and behave in social settings can make it difficult to gauge the mood of others and adjust their own behavior accordingly.

With the right support and guidance, it is possible to learn effective coping mechanisms and manage these anxious feelings, allowing for a more fulfilling and enjoyable social experience. Seeking help from a mental health professional such as a therapist like Dr. Carolyn Cook can be a valuable step in this process. Come and join Miami Herbs as we give tips on how you can cope with social anxiety!

Think through your past experiences.

It’s important to think about your past experiences with crowds. What are they? How do you feel when you’re in a crowd? What do you remember about these experiences? What did you learn from them and how have your feelings changed since then?

Now that we’ve covered some of the main causes of anxiety, I’d like to talk about how to overcome this feeling of anxiety in a crowd by identifying what is causing the most stress for ourselves. We can use this knowledge as an opportunity not just to relieve our own stress but also help others who may be experiencing similar issues.

Practice self-care.

Self-care is a key component of getting over anxiety. It’s not just about taking care of yourself, but also making sure you’re taking care of your mind and body in general. In a world that tells us to grind, grind, and grind, it’s also important to look back and appreciate ourselves. We’ve come a long way to reach where we are today, and we deserve all the kindness we can get from our own selves.

You can practice self-care in many ways: meditating, exercising and eating healthy foods are all great ways to relax and reset your stress levels before going out into the world again. Make sure you’re attuned to what you’re truly feeling, as recognizing your emotions is a great way to understand and control yourself.

Learn to manage your emotions.

It’s important to keep your emotions in check. You’re probably already used to managing them, but it’s important that you don’t bottle up those feelings or let them rule your life. Be aware of what’s going on around you, but don’t let the situation get too overwhelming — if something triggers an anxiety attack, take a deep breath and try not to let it control how you feel about things for too long.

If possible, find ways of dealing with anxiety before it gets out of hand — this means taking breaks from social situations whenever possible and practicing some mindfulness techniques like meditation so that when something stressful does happen, there are fewer negative consequences than otherwise might be expected from a certain situation alone.

Break out of the routine.

Sometimes, the current routine we’re in is what makes us anxious every now and then. It’s helpful to find a new routine that will break the cycle of the old one. Give yourself some fresh air by trying something new that you might like in the long run. Try getting that second-hand bicycle that your neighbor is selling and explore spots in your town that you’ve not seen before.

The world is larger than what we’re usually concerned about. There is more to life than the routines we find ourselves locked in. Life is short, but this is not something to worry about. Life is short, and the important thing is we get to live it to the fullest despite its shortness.

Don’t be afraid of trying new things! Even if it seems silly or uncomfortable at first, stepping outside of your comfort zone can help reduce stress levels which will make it easier for yourself to adjust into different situations later on down the road.

Lead with empathy and kindness.

If you have friends and family who have anxiety, it’s helpful to lead with empathy. You’ll do them a great relief.

Empathy is not sympathy; it’s a deep understanding of another person’s perspective, which can help you better understand how they feel, what they need from you, or why they might be having trouble doing something. This understanding gives you insight into why someone might act impulsively or make irrational decisions — and allows you to use that information to help them make better choices in future situations. 

Example: I know I gave off an angry vibe when we were talking about our kids’ homework last night; maybe if I had explained my reasoning better then we wouldn’t have gotten into a fight over it.

It’s also helpful when working with people who may be experiencing anxiety because it helps reduce those feelings by putting ourselves in their shoes instead of projecting onto them whatever negative emotions are running through our own heads at any given moment. Example: I’m so frustrated because I haven’t been able to find my keys yet again! Why does this always happen? Be thoughtful of your loved ones’ feelings. We don’t know what they’re going through on the inside even if we get to live everyday with them.


Anxiety can be a real challenge, but it doesn’t have to define your life. With some self-reflection and practice, you can learn how to manage your emotions in social settings – and make the most of this awesome opportunity to connect with other people, to know more things in the world, and to discover other aspects of yourself. 

Dr. Carolyn has been helping people cope with anxiety, and she can guide you through this process too. With extensive knowledge and training in various therapeutic techniques, she is an expert in helping individuals achieve their mental health goals and manage their anxiety. Don’t wait any longer to take control of your mental well-being, schedule an appointment with Dr. Carolyn today by calling her at (305) 665-9711!

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