3 Simple Steps To Treating Situational Anxiety

If you experience anxiety in various unfamiliar situations, you’re not alone. It’s estimated that 40 million Americans suffer from situational anxiety at one point or another.

Whether it’s job interview anxiety, public speaking anxiety, or even a fear of flying, situational anxiety can be reduced by facing your fears with a few simple steps.

1. Break Down Your Goals

If the thought of attending a party alone throws you into a panic attack, start small and work your way up to the situation. Maybe you start by saying hi to one new person every day or inviting an acquaintance out to lunch or a friend into a social setting with you to work slowly towards your goal. Once you accomplish a smaller task, the big one won’t seem as daunting.

2. Learn the Facts

People are often scared of the unknown. If it’s a work presentation or meeting with a VIP that has you feeling nervous, try to learn all the facts about what you’ll be discussing so that you’ll feel more prepared going into it. Reduce your anxiety by speaking with others who may have gone through the same thing and who can inform you about how things really go.

3. Relax

Many causes of anxiety stem from feeling immensely stressed about the situation at hand. Do whatever relaxes you, whether that’s exercise, meditation, or creative activity. Doing something enjoyable will relieve your anxiety about the upcoming event and also build your confidence.

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