If you read this blog you know we do a lot of pieces for people with Anxiety. We all have to go out into the public world, maybe less so with covid but we are there and we have to have tools to deal with it. This wont be a long post, but here are 3 things you can do to deal with anxiety when you are experiencing it in public.
- Shoulders back, stand up straight take a deep breath through your nose and exhale through your nose: It sounds simple doesn’t it? Stand up and try it now, notice how you seem larger? You feel broader? This is a tried and true body language technique that tricks the mind into feeling more confident. You are also projecting that confidence outwardly to those watching.
- Smile: Smiles are disarming. Not only that it projects comfort. Simply put when you smile at someone they often perceive that you are happy, calm and not a threat. None of that may be true of course but smiling can help you weave through uncomfortable situations. Standing in line to get a coffee? Sure you could stare at your phone instead, but then youre awareness of your surroundings diminish.
- Wear heels: Men you can wear boots with a heel (or pumps I don’t care) but anything that makes you appear taller then you are. Often when we are taller we feel more confident, confidence is our friend in this fight against public anxiety. Also, when you are taller you will find those shorter then you are more apt to project friendly vibes.
Sound silly? Try it let me know if any of them worked, they work for me. J
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5 thoughts on “3 quick tips to deal with public anxiety”
I strongly believe our actions have a profound effect on how we feel. The old adage, “Fake it till you make it” has a great deal of merit in my experience. Great advice Karac. Especially standing up straight with your shoulders back. 🙏
Sadly sometimes we do have to fake it to get by day to day. I use all three techniques regularly. Thanks for coming by and sharing your thoughts I appreciate it.
Deep breathing has helped me a lot with anxiety. I used to get kind of anxious before speaking in class but I have realised that doing breathing exercises really helps. Great post!
Thanks pooja I’m glad you enjoyed it!