Growing up I had no idea what social anxiety is. I was a naturally shy kid who preferred to crawl at the couch with a book rather than exposing my inferior physical skills playing with other kids. I had a vivid imagination that took me to places of fantasy lands and real geographical locations I didn’t even phantom ever visiting. Even as a blossoming young adult I preferred hiding behind a magazine cover when forced to attend social events and dance parties. I never felt completely comfortable in a room full of strangers.So I choose a career as a computer programmer, being completely comfortable in the company of other naturally shy and awkward young adults, and being able to converse with my computer any time I wanted. In a few years, my life took an unusual turn, and I discovered a vast, beautiful world surpassing my wildest childhood imagination. And, most importantly, I found amazing people who I ever knew existed, some of them quite magical. I discovered a world where I was completely comfortable being myself.And I’m still not 100% ok being in a room with strangers to socialize. And I’m ok with that.Maybe I always had social anxiety but was able to tailor and fine tune it to my lifestyle? And perhaps I was never diagnosed.When my child told me about experiencing social anxiety, I immediately thought: is it genetic? Is it observed and adopted? What is it?
So, what is social anxiety?It can be described as a general feeling of uneasiness and irrational fear that occurs during social situations.
- Generalized social anxiety is when these feelings happen during any social situations.
- Non-generalized social anxiety when anxiety happens only in particular types of situations.
Regardless of what kind it is, the person who is experiencing it can appear very normal but be a mess on the inside.Social anxiety can manifest itself in many forms:
- Rapid heartbeat when faced with talking to somebody
- Avoidance of social situations
- Fear of public speaking
- Excessive quietness
- Fear of being criticized
- Being judgemental of self and others
Most of the time it’s impossible to tell from the outside that person is experiencing social anxiety.So, if you or your loved one experiencing this very unpleasant phenomenon, what is possible?First of all, it’s not your fault, and most of the time not your lack of social skills. It can be though something to work on because it is known that the most accomplished and brilliant people reportedly had and overcame their social anxiety.What are your options?
- My favorite, of course, is NLP. With that fascinating tool, you can create behaviors you want, change the perception of your reality, and transform negative beliefs into inspirational beliefs. NLP helped me a lot, in fact, it helped me to build a life I wanted, and it is still a big part of my life. My patients and clients know the power of it and every day I teach more people to take their life to the next level.
However, social anxiety also can be caused or perpetuated by chemical imbalances in your brain. When you restore that balance, you will feel so much better.The primary neurotransmitters involved in the anxiety response are GABA, serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and glutamine.Of course, there are other considerations with your energy level or underlying health conditions. This is not a substitute for valid medical advice, this information is only for educational purposes.Now to restore chemical balance in the brain without pharmaceuticals? And actually, very often pharmaceuticals don’t work as intended because of nutritional deficiencies, genetic components, or even multiple drug interactions.
- Nootropics can be your answer to that. The proper way to stack nootropics is your key to success. You have to know what you are dealing with, what are your symptoms and how to stack them.
Let’s take a look at a few natural herbal nootropics that can help with social anxiety.
- Ashwagandha and Coffee
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb (meaning non-organ specific) that is used for centuries to restore hormonal and nervous system balance. It has a calming and relaxing effect, and it boosts focus and concentration. It can restore energy when taken by itself.It is so relaxing it can slow your brain down, so for balancing it’s taken with coffee, so while making you alert it creates a feeling of mental comfort.
- Bacopa is another adaptogenic herb and very well known for its ability to quiet the mind, enhance memory, and improve focus.
After a challenging day, you can take Bacopa and Ashwagandha together for better relaxation before going to bed.
- L-Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea leaves. When taken as a supplement it can give you a sense of calmness and relaxation without slowing you down. It can increase your learning abilities. Next time you have to go into a social setting try to take 100mg or 200mg and see what happens.
- Phenibut is a synthetic nootropic that is structurally similar to GABA, and it has a calming effect without affecting cognitive abilities. What makes it great for social anxiety relief is that you can think clearly and act relaxed when facing a social situation.
- Aniracetam is one of my favorite nootropics, and it also capable to relax you and improve your mood. It should be taken with some form of choline because it activates choline receptors in your brain. I like it because if faced with a task I have to concentrate on, I can really focus and ignore all distractions.
With all that said, you don’t have to struggle with anxiety – social or any other on your own. There are many resources available within your reach.
Regarding nootropics I listed above you can contact me to assess your individual needs and create a right stack for you.Every situation is different, and you can educate yourself on what is right for you and experiment safely and responsibly. Nootropics are one of the ways to relieve anxiety, improve mood, and increase focus and learning abilities.You can always contact Dr. Maya at 800-590-6292. She is a big fan of pick brain performance and believer in a non-medicated approach to reach that pick.