Shyness is an emotion that affects how a person feels and behaves around others. They can include feeling uncomfortable, self-conscious, nervous, bashful, timid, or insecure.
Shyness is the opposite of being at ease with yourself around others. When people feel shy, they might hesitate to say or do something because they’re feeling unsure of themselves and they’re not ready to be noticed. But you can build up your confidence by;
- Accepting yourself
- Sometimes we are our own worst enemy. Don’t allow your inner critic to put you down. Accept who you are and continue living your life.
- Become self-aware
When you are around people, seek within yourself. Observe your thoughts. Once you become self-aware you’re on your way to overcome your shyness.
- Embrace your strengths
Make a list of all your positive qualities and read or recite it when you’re feeling insecure. Let it remind you how much you have to offer. Think about your unique strength that other people dont have and it will boost your confidence. You could also start a gratitude journal .
- Take care of yourself
Simple daily doings like taking a bath, brushing your teeth and many more will boost your confidence. Having good hygiene is another way of increasing your confidence to deal with people.
- Practice talking
Not talking to other people is a disadvantage to your life. Slowly making the effort to talk to people, even if it’s just a “hello, how are you?” will give you a chance to meet new people and will slowly increase your confidence.
- Start focusing on others
seek out people who are confident and socially active. Use them as positive role models to help you continue developing your confidence in social situations.
- Take a deep breathe
If it makes you feel shy when meeting new people, concentrate on breathing in and out will make you feel relaxed.
- Relax your muscles
Focus on specific parts of your body, tighten the muscle and then relax it a few times. You can also practice deep breathing while doing this to relax you even more.
- Make eye contact
Making eye contact with people can help create more emotional and meaningful connections and also build your confidence.
- Focus on the moment
Focusing at the present moment may make you forget about your shyness.
- Mimic others interactions
Feeling tense talking to someone, trying to mimic them. This is another way to understand them and enjoy being with them.
- Start saying yes
Saying yes is not always bad. This will give you an opportunity to meet new people and socialize with them without noticing that you are not that shy anymore.