How Writing Can Help You With Social Anxiety

Many do not realize how hard it is for those with social anxiety to deal with the feelings of being in public or a social setting. The emotional upheaval of this anxiety to them can be very great.

However, did you know that verbally speaking about your emotions and feelings with a therapist or friend can reduce your anxiety and fears?

Writing can also help work through the anxiety and fears, whether in a journal or a blog.

How can writing help?

According to Harvard Health Publications; writing about emotions may ease stress and trauma.  The action of contemplating on an incident, along with conveying those feelings, seems to be significant. Doing this helps a person organize their thoughts and also provide sense to a traumatic experience.

Writing may also enable them to learn how to cope with and regulate their emotions better; as it nurtures a rational process by building a story of the traumatic event which helps the person break free of endless mental cycling or brooding on the situation.

Lastly, when people open up about a traumatic incident, they are much more likely to talk with others about it which indicates that writing can lead to reaching out for social support which helps healing.

Writing a journal or blog (even a private blog or making small writing business) can be therapeutic. When we put our feelings and emotions into words; it gives us a way to face the stress or anxiety of those feelings, especially when those feelings or emotions are linked to something traumatic. I know it has helped me tremendously.

How to keep a journal or blog

First you need to find a space that is both comfortable and lends you some privacy. A bedroom, study, where ever you feel comfortable and have time to be alone with your thoughts and journal

Second write in it every day even if it is just things you did, places you went, or things that happened. As you continue to write your entries you will find yourself filling in more details such as how you felt, what you thought of others, and being able to label the emotions you were feeling much better.

What you are doing is giving yourself an outlet to let out the built up emotions and feelings. It is also a way to get to know yourself better.

By knowing yourself better you can establish ways to cope with triggers for anxiety, stress, sadness and more. Often you can stop the cycle that brings on the triggers by knowing those triggers; which is why it is important to label your feelings and what brought those feelings about.

An example of this would be from my own story: I was anxious at the party because there were so many people I didn’t know and I was afraid to talk to them. I was worried and stressed that they would find me weird or cold but it is because I just don’t know how to act in a crowd.

In that entry I discovered and labeled my feelings and what the stressor or trigger was to cause those feelings. Then I was able to choose a plan of action for the next social outing in which I decide to make a goal of I will talk to 2 people I do not know; from there it was 3 people and so on.

No matter what your writing skill or spelling skill is you can keep a journal or blog since it is strictly for you. As you write in it every day you may find that your skills improve.

You may also find that you enjoy writing a blog and just how powerful your words can be.

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