Anxiety Disorder is the most common mental health issue and affects more than 30% of adults. Mental health is one of the least understood area in medicine, and the first step to curing anxiety disorder is to diagnose it in the first place. There are many people that live with mental illness without realizing they have an issue and sometimes they just haven’t been exposed to the right stimuli.

People with social anxiety disorder may appear unfriendly to strangers, have difficulty building friendships and relationships, finding life partners and building careers. They often have a fear of being embarrassed or looking out of place, this makes them very self conscious and tense about things that most people around them don’t even notice.

In the case of mild social anxiety, it’s possible to simply train yourself to handle incrementally stressful situations. Do the opposite of what the anxiety would lead you to do. Accept invitations to events, volunteer to speak and participate at school or at your workplace. Put yourself in situations you know you would naturally avoid due to the disorder. It might feel like the end of the world at first, but you will realize the more you do these things, the less you react to that particular situation

This helps you improve for a number of reasons. Practice makes perfect. It’s as simple as that. The more you handle a kind of situation, the better you are going to get at handling that kind of situation. The better you get at handling such situations, the more you will trust yourself and find self assurance that you are not going to embarrass yourself. If you do happen to embarrass yourself, you are going to notice that embarrassment is overrated and that it is not as bad as you’ve believed.

It also helps to talk to a professional about your challenges and the things that make you uncomfortable. People feel embarrassed to seek professional help concerning their mental health issue, partially due to the usually unrealistic ways in which the media portrays mental health disorders. They feel embarrassed to be associated with such, but in many cases, it is important to seek help early when you first suspect you may have a problem. Sometimes some form of medication might be necessary and if that’s the case, the sooner you get help, the better.

Another step is to improve your physical health. Sometimes poor physical health may contribute to poor mental health. Heart disease, diabetes and hyperthyroidism are all known to contribute to anxiety disorders. Having a workout schedule, eating healthy meals and avoiding obesity are all ways that can benefit your mental health.

Mental health issues often seem abstract in comparison to physical health problems and some are simply managed, and not cured, but with the above points, you should be able to have victory over Social Anxiety Disorder