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5 Simple Ways to Manage Anxiety During Social Events (& Discount Code!)

AD | I’m very open about my mental health and the struggles I’ve had with anxiety over the last seven years. It’s been one heck of a journey for me and a journey that I don’t think will ever really end. It’s a constant learning process and I’m okay with that. Anxiety hit me really hard. Like, really hard. It turned my life upside down. And one of the main things I struggled with (and still do sometimes) was how to manage anxiety during social events.

Ways to Manage Anxiety During Social Situations: A blanket with a black high heel shoe on top and 2 gold hoop earrings

Social anxiety presents itself in a lot of people. You’d be surprised by the number of people you know who suffer from anxiety during social events to some degree. Socializing is hard sometimes, and pressures and worries can come from all directions. From worrying about what people think of you, to concerns about the event venue. The list really is endless.

But none of us wants social anxiety to limit our lives and stop us from going out, meeting friends, having fun and experiencing new things. For mild to moderate social anxiety, there’s plenty of things we can do, try and work on to ease our anxiety, from breathing techniques, herbal remedies like CBD oil, an action plan and more. And that’s what I want to talk about today!

Quick disclaimer: Any products or tips mentioned in this post are not intended to treat, cure or diagnose anxiety. They’re simply things I’ve either tried myself or suggestions of things that have worked for others. If you’re worried about anxiety or any other mental illness, then consult your GP first.

5 ways to manage anxiety during social events

Learn a breathing technique that works for you

Breathing techniques are incredible when it comes to calming yourself down and managing your anxiety during social events. We all know the feeling of our heartbeat ramping up, our breathing getting quicker or getting flushed and irritable due to increased anxiety.

I like the 7/11 technique, where you breathe in for seven counts and out for eleven. That’s just one of many different techniques you can learn to use because you don’t need any special equipment or situation in order to use this amazing technique.

Try herbal remedies

I’ve mentioned before that I’m a lover of herbal remedies when it comes to my anxiety. I know they’re not for everyone and some people require medication, which if that’s the case, then great. If you’re not on medication, and herbal remedies like CBD oil are something you’d like to look into, then this pointer is for you!

CBD oil in an atomizer spray bottle is super handy because it’s small, can be kept in your bag or pocket, and you can take a quick spritz whenever you feel overwhelmed. Or if you have experience in vaping, then the CBD vape juice used with a small vape pen is a convenient, fast-acting option, as it hits the bloodstream immediately.  

Know and research the venue

Something that amplifies my social anxiety is when I’m going somewhere I’ve never been before and I’m not familiar with the venue. So I tend to spend hours researching a venue before heading there, so I have a general idea of what to expect when I arrive.

If this sounds like you, then you really can benefit from a bit of research. Going to the website of the venue is always helpful, as well as reading some positive reviews (please don’t read the bad ones!). And even contacting the venue with questions directly is always an option!

Take comfort items with you

I have a few things that I take with me everywhere I go, which just knowing they’re in my bag, helps me massively. As well as herbal remedies, which I always have with me, I always take a bottle of water, a snack or two and some face / cooling mist. I get very hot and bothered when I get too anxious so this really helps!

Even an item that just makes you happy is always a good option to take to social events. It doesn’t have to be something you carry in a bag either. It could be a piece of jewelry that a loved one has given you. Or a piece of clothing that holds some special memories!

Charge your phone

Being cut off from the world is a real worry to me. I worry that if I get anxious, there’s going to be no one there to help me. And whilst to a degree, we always have to rely on ourselves and develop coping mechanisms that allow us to deal with our own anxiety, it’s also handy to have loved ones available if the situation arises.

So something super simple like making sure your phone is charged and having emergency contact numbers at the ready can really help put your mind at ease when coming up with ways to manage anxiety during social events.

If you suffer from social anxiety, I’d love to hear what tips and advice you have! Do you do any of these things? Have you figured out another technique that works? Let us know!

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  1. Thank you for this insightful post! Definitely subscribing!

    1. Thank you 😌

  2. Some great tips here Jenny! I put something in my bag I can always ‘look for’ – such as mints. It sounds silly but when I become anxious one of my coping mechanisms is to look through my bag. I always make sure I bring something I can pretend to search for, like my trusty mints! xxxx


    1. It doesn’t sound silly at all! If it helps then that’s great 😌

  3. I’m very intrigued to try CBD oils to help my generalised anxiety but I also feel anxious about what people would say about it! Vicious circle! Might give it a go though…

    1. Sod what anyone says! It’s nobodies business anyway they don’t even have to know.

  4. Great tips. I’ve had social anxiety for years. I try to envision myself as an awesome, smart, social, witty, worthy person. Sometimes it works and sometimes it just goes out the window when my anxiety decides to trump all of that 😟

    1. I’m sure you’re that person more than you realise 😌

  5. Great tips, I always make sure my phone has a decent charge on it, even when I’m walking to a social event a lot of the time I like to be talking to someone on the phone whilst I get there if I’m by myself. I do struggle a lot with them, especially the ones where I go without my boyfriend. He is such a rock for me in those situations.

    Chloe xx

    1. I struggle with social events too and I’d love to go to blogging events but I’m just too nervous most the time!

  6. Preparing and doing proper research really helps! If I look on Google Maps where the venue is located and I know what items to bring with me I will feel more comfortable. You can call me a bit of a control freak but hey if it makes you feel better, there’s nothing wrong with it. 🙂

    1. Definitely nothing wrong with that 😌

  7. I take CBD oil every day and it’s been so helpful for my tiredness as well as anxiety x

    1. Oooh really! I might have to invest in some x

  8. I’m a bit unsure what I think of CBD but I do find Rescue Remedy always helps me xx

    1. I love rescue remedy. It really helps. I’d be happy to try CDB oil. My aunt uses it for arthritis pain and says it really helps x

  9. These are all such good tips. I get anxious just leaving the house at all sometimes and it can be so disheartening. Making sure my phone is as charged as possible is something I always try to do though, it’s a bit of a comfort thing for me now and I always feel better knowing if I need too I can use it to get in touch with someone or distract myself xx

    Tiffany x

    1. Oh me too. I’m always low key anxious more or less 12 hours a day 😔

  10. This is such a helpful post for all people with anxiety, including myself, and I completely agree with all of these ways to manage. Great post 🙂

    1. Thank you 😌

  11. I’m more than sure that this blog post is going to help so many people darling, thank you for sharing. I’m sending you all of my love! 🌸💜

    With love, Alisha Valerie x |

    1. Thank you x

  12. Hou ultimately need to find what works best for you. I have an anxiety essential oil blend that I put on a lava rock bracelet. The scent helps to calm me enough that I am able to handle most of my anxiety without medication. I haven’t tried CBD oil yet, though I have been looking into it. Great post!

    1. *You* my apologies!

    2. Yeah absolutely, we’re all different. These are just some suggestions 😌

  13. I always find breathing techniques work for me!

    Mollie |

    1. They’re very useful x

  14. I listen to music on the way to the event. It distracts me from my thoughts and gets me pumped up.

    1. Good idea 😌

    2. What a great technique! I blast my music when my anxiety gets high. The louder I sing, it’s almost like it wears off the excess (if that makes any sense).

  15. Great tips! I luckily do not suffer with anxiety but my boyfriend does. He has a pebble in his pocket that he will flip around with when he needs too

    Katie xx

    1. That’s such a good idea!

  16. These are great – Especially love the comfort items idea. I keep a moomin keychain on my bag at all times with a plush moomin on. It really helps to have a comforting face even if it’s a moomin! <3

    1. Awh that’s cute!

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