How to Overcome Social Anxiety

Shy Young Man
Socially Anxious Shy Teen
Social Anxiety affects millions of people throughout the world. It is important for anyone affected by this anxiety to try to overcome it so that it doesn´t rule their life. The first step to fighting it is to get a diagnosis. Here, we describe what it is like to have social anxiety and some steps people can take to overcome it…

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, up to 40 million American adults suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder each year. Social anxiety can have a crippling effect on your day-to-day life, as you fear engaging with others in social environments. This can have disastrous effects on your career and on almost every other aspect of your life, from social activities to doing your grocery shopping. Social anxiety can control your life to the extent that you are afraid to leave the house. For some it can be extremely debilitating.

Symptoms of Social Anxiety

Social anxiety is a phobia, and like any other phobia, it is driven by fear. Many people will have a slight fear of new social interactions; nobody wants to appear foolish or have others not like them. If you suffer from social anxiety, this fear will be much more intense than the average person’s, so much so, that you will do almost anything to avoid any social interaction. It can affect people physically, mentally and behaviourally. Physical signs of social anxiety can include profuse sweating and blushing. Your thoughts in social interactions will be focused on the other person. You will be sensitive to any signs of disapproval coming from them, and be prone to misinterpreting neutral behaviour as judging behaviours. Continue reading “How to Overcome Social Anxiety”

Tips for Quitting Smoking Permanently

Teen Smoking
A decades-long smoking habit begins with the obviously incorrect, initial assumption that a cigarette will add to the personality of the adolescent boy or girl, and that it helps one to deal with emotional pressure. There is limited evidence, however, that an adolescent standing there, with a lighted cigarette between fingers, truly relishes the direction in which s/he seems to be heading.

Teens are smart enough to know the dangers; what really matters is: do they have enough confidence to avoid starting with this activity?

Smoking and Health Concerns

Whatever anyone claims in support of smoking tobacco, almost no one questions that smoking is a menacing habit. It is cause of the development of numerous categories of health hazards. Physicians routinely caution their patients about smoking, and advise them to stop this bad habit immediately. Of course smoking is injurious to health. Patients already suffering from an imbalance in blood sugar or from hypertension or cardiac problem may be seriously threatening their lives unless they quit smoking. Everybody recognizes the medically established links between smoking and cancer fatalities.

Smoking and the Environment

Contribution of smokers to the pollution of the environment is worth-mentioning. Millions of smokers exhale chemical smoke all over the world, perhaps unwitting to the damage they have been doing to the atmosphere for years. The U.S. Surgeon General, the EPA, and the IARC have declared that smoking regular cigarettes can cause lung damage such as cancer, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema not only to the smoker, but, through second hand smoke, to others around the smoker whom are exposed.

Smoking Cessation Initiatives

In any case, smoking must be stopped. Facts containing ruinous effect of smoking should reach to the smokers everyday. They must be informed of different case histories of the people who have had to suffer greatly for smoking.

All out efforts should be implemented in campaigns against smoking. Non-government organizations, environmental activists, and government resources must be employed to effectuate changes. Offline and online media must incessantly campaign against smoking. Governments should take stringent measures against the cigarette manufacturing companies under the supervision of United Nations Organization. Governments have the power to discourage their populations from smoking. Smokers can be financially inconvenienced [taxation] if they do not Continue reading “Tips for Quitting Smoking Permanently”