Interacting with people can be challenging for people with social anxiety.

You may have stayed away from all the parties you were invited to or may have avoided chatting with others. But no matter how hard you try to resist, interacting with people is unavoidable.

How To Stop Being Socially Awkward

Having meaningful friendships with your loved ones can help you overcome problems and resist negative peer pressure. It’s time to start building positive relationships with others while staying true to yourself. So, say goodbye to the awkward turtle, and hello to a more confident you!

How To Build Positive Relationships That Boost Your Mental Wellbeing

  • Use social media such as Instagram, Twitter or call your friends to keep in contact and show you care.
  • Take up new hobbies such as sports to spend time with friends.
  • Form study groups and help each other with schoolwork.

How To Be More Assertive When Dealing With Others

  • Speak up when you have an idea or an opinion.
  • Pay attention to your feelings and beliefs on what is right or wrong.
  • Say no! Refuse requests if they are unreasonable.
  • Have friends with values similar to yours to back you up.
  • Talk to someone you trust about the peer pressure you are facing. Do not feel guilty if you have made a mistake or two.
  • Become more self-confident. Build up your self-esteem.

How to Make Friends by Practicing the Essentials of Effective Communication

  • During conflicts, rephrase what your friends say in your own words to assure them that you have been listening to them.
  • Give feedback in a calm and gentle tone.
  • Accept compliments as well as feedback.
  • Use “I” and “Us” more than “You” when stating your opinions.
  • Using “You” often may be interpreted as criticism by your friends.

How To Bring Out the Best in Others And Boost Their Mental Wellbeing

  • Appreciate your friends when they help out. Saying a simple "Thank You" can go a long way.
  • Spot what your friends are good at, and give them specific and genuine compliments.
  • Be patient when interacting with people. Just because you see your point of view, doesn’t mean they immediately do. Come to a compromise if needed.

AND TELL YOURSELF THIS: PRACTISE, PRACTISE, PRACTISE!

Need someone to talk to?

  1. TOUCH Community Services Tel: 1800 377 2252 (9am-6pm, Weekdays);
  2. CHAT Tel: 6493 6500/6501 (12-9pm, Tues-Sat);
  3. SOS Tel: 1800 221 4444 (24hrs daily);

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