One of the consequences of social anxiety is isolation. Fearing the judgment or rejection of others in a social context, millions of people with social anxiety tend to deal with the issue by avoiding social events. And while this might make coping with the issue easier at times, it can have sad repercussions on a person’s life satisfaction. With this in mind, here are four tips for beating social anxiety.

First tip: avoid negative coping strategies. When finding themselves in an unavoidable social situation — such as an office event — many people try to blunt the symptoms of their social anxiety through negative coping strategies, particularly drinking alcohol. And while the first glass or two of wine may indeed seem like the best antidote against compulsive worry, drinking too much will likely end up making anxiety worse.

Second tip: face your fears, don’t…
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