Limiting Beliefs And Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can be a challenging condition to live with. It affects around one in five adults at some point in their lives, causing people to feel fearful and anxious about being observed or judged by others. Those people are prone to experience social situations as threatening and unsafe, leading them to avoid those situations as much as possible. 

Also, social anxiety is an umbrella term that covers several related conditions, including performance anxiety, shyness, and social phobia. While most people experience some awkwardness or self-consciousness from time to time, social anxiety can become so severe that it interferes with everyday life. 

The good news? You don’t have to let this condition keep you from living the life you want. By challenging your limiting beliefs and practising new behaviours, you can overcome this feeling of fear and move forward toward the life you want.

How Limiting Beliefs Cause Social Anxiety

First, let’s examine how limiting beliefs cause social anxiety. As we grow up, we all have certain beliefs about ourselves and the world around us. These beliefs help us make sense of our lives, letting us know what we can expect and what to expect from the world around us. 

While most of these beliefs help us lead healthy, happy lives, sometimes they can become unhelpful. In the case of social anxiety, those beliefs stem from past experiences or a negative self-image. Perhaps as a child, you felt bullied or criticised by your peers, or maybe you weren’t as confident in your abilities as other kids. 

Whatever the reason, these events can leave you with a sense of shame or embarrassment about yourself. That’s when those unhelpful beliefs about yourself begin to take hold, and you start to view yourself as something less than others.

Be Aware of your Limiting Beliefs

The only way to overcome those unhelpful beliefs is to become aware of them. By recognising those negative beliefs and where they stem from, you can start to challenge them and let them go. If you’re coming to terms with social anxiety for the first time, this can be an unsettling experience. 

You may feel you’re being disloyal to yourself by questioning your worth. But being aware of those negative beliefs doesn’t mean you’re not a good person. It’s simply a way of challenging the thoughts holding you back and letting them go so you can move forward.

Find the Root Cause of your Limiting Beliefs

Once you know your limiting beliefs, it’s time to find their root cause. For example, if you have a low sense of worth, where did that come from? Maybe you grew up in a family where everyone was very critical of each other. 

A childhood like this can leave you feeling like you can never be good enough. To overcome those negative beliefs, you must develop new, healthier ways of viewing yourself.

Develop new Empowering Habits

As you’re challenging those negative beliefs, you’ll also need to replace them with more positive, healthy ways of viewing yourself. For example, if you’re coming to terms with a low sense of self-worth, you may want to start writing yourself a positive affirmation each morning. 

By replacing those negative beliefs with something more positive, you’ll start to challenge and break through the cycle of social anxiety. Aim to replace all of your limiting beliefs with new empowering habits.