Social Anxiety: Fear of Public Speaking

By: Samantha Santopublic speakingOne of the most common social anxieties is public speaking.  Standing in front of a crowd of people may cause unnecessary anxiety; shallow breathing, sweaty palms, shakiness and/or stuttering.  These symptoms may be troublesome, but the good thing about them is that you are not alone in feeling this way and there are ways to overcome this fear of public speaking.

First, it is important to breathe.  Practice a deep breathing exercise right before presenting.  Take a deep breath while chanting calming words and then let the breath out slowly while releasing any negative thoughts.  Fear has a way of taking over our minds and making us believe that everything will go wrong.  Recognize the dear and do not allow it to take over.  Focus on being positive.  The more positive you feel and act, the better everything will be.

If you or a loved one is experiencing any type of social anxiety, it may be beneficial to contact a mental health professional and receive therapy for this social anxiety.  If you are in Bergen County, New Jersey, feel free to call our Paramus office at 201-368-3700 to make an appointment with one of our own therapists, counselors, psychologists or psychiatrists.

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