Supporting a Loved One with Social Anxiety

There are many ways to support someone with social anxiety.

Katy Morin
2 min readJan 22


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If you have a loved one who struggles with social anxiety, knowing how to support them can be difficult. Here are a few tips to help:

Educate yourself about social anxiety

Understanding social anxiety and how it affects your loved one can help you better understand and support them.

Understand how social anxiety affects your loved one

Each person with social anxiety is affected differently. Your loved one may experience significant anxiety on some occasions but otherwise experience little to no anxiety. Therefore, you may need to be flexible with what they feel comfortable with and what not.

Be patient

Supporting a loved one with social anxiety can be challenging, and progress may be slow. Be patient, and don’t get discouraged.

Listen and validate their feelings

Let your loved one know you are there to listen and understand their feelings. Validate their experiences and let them know that their feelings are valid.

Encourage them to seek professional help

Social anxiety is a treatable condition; professional help can make a big difference. Encourage your loved one to seek therapy, counselling or coaching.

Accompany them at social events

If your loved one is comfortable with it, offer to accompany them to social events. This can help to reduce their anxiety and provide them with a sense of support.

Practice self-care

Supporting a loved one with social anxiety can be emotionally taxing. Remember to take care of yourself as well.

It’s important to remember that everyone is different, and what works for one person may not work for another. Be patient and supportive, and encourage your loved one to seek professional help.

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Katy Morin

Empowering social anxiety warriors to conquer their fears and thrive socially