Social anxiety

Social anxiety is a type of anxiety brought on by thinking about or being in a social situation.

Here you can find factsheets, tips and information, worksheets, videos and available services in East Lothian that can help you understand social anxiety, how it can impact you and ways to manage these challenges.

Let us know what resource works well for you. If you have any other suggestions for our self-help pages, please send them to julie.huggan@health-in-mind.org.uk.


Factsheets

This factsheet will help you understand what social anxiety is, what causes it and what support is available.

Factsheet on shyness and social phobia from Royal College of Psychiatrists

Tips and information

Here you will find tips and information to help manage your social anxiety and find ways to boost your confidence and mood.

Tips and information on social anxiety disorder from Help Guide            

A self-help guide to social anxiety from NHS Inform

7 ways to overcome shyness and social anxiety’ from Psych Central

Tips and information on coping with a social anxiety disorder from Very Well Mind

Four tips to handle social anxiety in the moment from Beyond Blue  

13 useful, expert-backed tips for dealing with social anxiety by Nicole Pajer from Huffington Post

8 tips for overcoming social anxiety from Mental Floss

Worksheets

Here are some worksheets and activities you can try in your own time.

Worksheets on social anxiety from the Centre of Clinical Interventions

Organisations and services

Here is a list of UK wide organisations related to anxiety:

Anxiety UK

If you are looking for local support, please go to our service directory to find out what services and projects are available to you.


Improve your wellbeing

If you’re experiencing low mood, anxiety, or stress in your life, looking into self-help activities and ideas might be the right option for you.