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Overcome Shyness in Five Easy Steps

Do you feel awkward in social situations? If your shyness is keeping you from enjoying yourself, you can discover your inner confidence. With a little practice, you can finally have the good life you deserve!

By following the steps below, you can overcome your shyness in a healthy, gradual manner:

1. Increase your self-confidence. When you feel good about yourself, being around others is more enjoyable. When you’re secure, you actually enjoy voicing your opinion because you know that you have something valuable to contribute to the conversation.

• You can enhance your self-confidence by developing your body image, successfully pursuing your goals, and establishing a rewarding romantic relationship with a partner.

• Surround yourself with supportive family and friends. If you’re constantly around people who are negative, you may be uncomfortable in almost anyone’s company.

2. Remember that you always have choices. You’re just one person in a crowded room. If you make conversation with someone, they’ll enjoy chatting with you. You can choose to talk to many people in a group, or you can engage with just one person at a time.

• Everyone at the social gathering is trying to have fun. You can do the same! Relax and allow yourself to act naturally.

3. Focus on others. If you feel uncomfortable approaching a stranger, that’s okay. Many people feel shy about this. If someone makes conversation with you, focus the conversation on him or her. Ask questions about their life, and keep them talking until you find common ground.

• Attend the gathering with your significant other or a close friend. You’re more likely to meet people if you have mutual friends.

• When making small talk, ensure that your questions are about less personal topics. It’s okay to ask someone whether they’re married or have children. Stay clear of asking for details about their divorce or custody battle.

4. Practice. Practice often. When you’re home alone, stand in front of the mirror and pretend that you’re engaging in small talk at a cocktail party. Do this frequently, and you’ll find that conversation comes much more easily.

• Recite phrases before you say them to a new acquaintance. This will ease your nerves. You’re already used to saying the words, so they’ll roll off of your tongue effortlessly.

5. Start small. First, attend social situations that don’t require much effort from you. Events such as a comedy show, book reading, or concert are ideal. Once you’re comfortable being in a crowded environment, engage in more intimate occasions that will require your direct input.

• Focus on baby steps as you learn to feel comfortable in social situations. If it’s been a while since you’ve interacted with more than two people at once, it may feel overwhelming to go to a party where there will be many guests.

It’s normal to experience social anxiety from time to time, especially if you’re at an event where you only know a few people. But you have the power to overcome your shyness. You deserve to discover your inner confidence and experience life to its fullest potential.

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