Social anxiety is a condition that can make you feel scared or embarrassed in so situations. As a result, it may be hard to talk to people, and feelings of shyness are common.


Many black women live with social anxiety disorder but often do not know it. Black women are also less likely to be diagnosed with a social anxiety disorder than their white counterparts. This is because black women often fear embarrassment or judgment due to stereotypes associated with being "angry," "oversensitive," or loud." For this reason, black women internalize feelings and emotions even when others can tell that something's bothering them. This blog post will cover five strategies for living with this disorder that many black women face!


START SMALL

If you're suffering from this condition, start small by introducing yourself to someone new at work or school rather than trying to quickly make friends who will be there for the long haul. Start simple when improving your social skills bit by bit until eventually, talking about yourself doesn't feel like a chore but something natural.


RELAX

Practice relaxation techniques. Stress is a big trigger for social anxiety, and what better way to combat this than by taking some time out of your day to relax? One technique you can try is deep breathing—simply sitting down in a chair or on the floor with knees bent while inhaling through your nose and exhaling through your mouth.


BE MINDFUL

Practice mindfulness exercises. Mindfulness means being aware of yourself in each moment without judgment. For example, when feeling anxious about talking to someone new at an event you're attending, focus all of your attention on how their body language makes you feel rather than worrying about what the person is thinking of you.


CREATE A LIST

Create a list of things you enjoy doing in your spare time. This can help remind us that we have hobbies outside of socializing with others, allowing us to seek out positive experiences when feeling anxious about interacting with them. If you're having trouble thinking of what interests or activities make you happy, take some time to reflect by writing down all the things that come up for you (e.g., reading books). Visit our shop for personalized planners and journals.


Find a therapist who understands the unique challenges facing black women with social anxiety disorder. Your therapist needs to be able to relate, and having someone you trust by your side during treatment will make it easier on you!


Overcoming this disorder does not mean avoiding social situations altogether; instead, black women should learn how to better cope with these challenges so they can do extraordinary things without fear!

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