If you want to beat social anxiety, you’ve gotta beat the hermit lifestyle.
So start small. Here’s a simple action plan a few minutes every day. Even if it’s just to go the store, take a walk in the park, or read an interesting book in your local bookstore or library. Do this for about two weeks, or until you feel like it’s becoming a good habit.
Just getting this social exposure on a daily basis is invaluable, even if you’re not actively talking to people. Why? Because you start to feel like you’re a part of the world, living among other human beings. You might start to realize that you’re not so “different” after all. And that can be a powerful deterrent to social anxiety…when you realize that you’re just like everyone else, and that the world isn’t out to judge you, but to involve you.