#psychology

Social anxiety? Welcome to the club!

Social anxiety is the third most common mental illness people can experience over their lifetime (after depression and substance use disorders).

Social anxiety occurs when we fear rejection, humiliation, embarrassment, and others’ judgement.

Put simply: we fear making social mistakes.

Sometimes, we play back memories of our interactions and over-analyse or criticise our social performance and fear what others must think or say about us. We may also avoid social situations that make us feel anxious. Even if we do go to social events, sometimes we avoid things in other ways (by not using our voice or giving eye contact, or by escaping quickly to reduce our distress).

Unfortunately, all types of avoidance or escape behaviour maintains our social anxiety and can even make it worse.

Luckily, social anxiety is treatable! Research has shown a number of psychological therapies are effective in reducing your social anxiety. Speak to a psychologist who is trained and experienced in treating social anxiety.

Until then, here are some great tips to get you started:

https://cognitiontoday.com/2018/06/how-to-remain-calm-reducing-stress-anxiousness-and-social-anxiety/?platform=hootsuite

Safer Internet Day!

Today is Safer Internet Day.

Did you know the Australian government has an excellent website on eSafety? Even if you are under 18 years of age, you can report cyberbullying, illegal content, and image-based abuse, find someone to talk to about any concerns you have, and learn more. It’s a great website for parents and carers, too, and well, anyone who uses the internet!

Find out more here:

https://www.esafety.gov.au/

And for parents and carers, here are some great aged-based tips to help kids remain safer on the internet:

https://www.childnet.com/blog/new-safer-internet-day-top-tips-and-advice-pages

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