Social anxiety is completely different from just being shy. It’s one of the most common anxiety disorders encountered these days. Sometimes, people don’t even know they are suffering from this anxiety. They are normally fearful about being in a public place and they feel like everything is out of their control. It plays out when you talk with your colleague in the workplace; you avoid sharing eye contact with a stranger at a social gathering; or worse, you want to stop going to work because you don’t want to feel judged by your colleagues. Suffering from social anxiety at work can prevent you from delivering your full potential. However, Shannon O’Brien shares her delightful tips on similar scenarios collected from our readers that can help overcome social anxiety at work: -    
1. “I tend to come off as cold and disinterested when I’m trying to form new friendships with colleagues.”
  Ask yourself WHY you are being cold and disinterested: What are you feeling….? Is it distrust? Or insecurity? We all have varying levels of comfort when meeting new people. The speed with which you “warm up” to someone is NOT the most important thing. Give yourself permission to take the time you need to trust and discover someone so that you comfortable with them. Above all: be yourself, be real and be authentic. If you are trying to form a friendship… try to emulate the ‘Golden Rule’ - of treating others how you wish to be treated. Our outer world is often a reflection of our inner world, and our inner thoughts. Therefore, if you are warm with others, they will be warm with you.” You may benefit from listening to this interview I conducted on establishing deeper relationships - Click here.  
2. “Attending social gatherings at work invokes rapid heartbeats and it takes me a few days to prepare for them.”  

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