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Many individuals experience social anxiety, but a 2020 study showed that younger people are more affected by it.
While the root causes and symptoms may vary, there are tools that can help you to make your networking event feel more approachable.
Visualise what will happen the night before. Your brain will think you've done it before and help to ease feelings of anxiety.
Create prompts for what you’d like to discuss or share at the networking event, including questions you’d feel comfortable asking.
This can help reduce your anxiety quite a bit because you already know what you will say. Stand in front of a mirror and practice saying your script aloud. Pay attention to what you look like.
A lack of vitamin D or magnesium tend to make you feel more anxious.
Eating vitamin D and magnesium-rich foods a few days in advance can be helpful to buffer the stress.
Grab some fortified milk, yogurt, and Brazil nuts before an event. They contain selenium which helps manage anxiety, depression, and tiredness.
Ensure to eat before networking to prevent showing up with a growling stomach. Also avoid sampling cuisine you've never had before, incase it doesn't agree with you.
When you enter the room, remind yourself that you're more than your job title. You may feel less constricted around what to discuss.
Try to identify events that feel like they’d be less stressful for you. For example, events focused on a particular person or group remove you from the centre of attention.
Spending a large amount of time with someone literally causes you to pick up their habits. Choose your friends wisely.
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