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Cannot Go to the Gym Because of Social Anxiety

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climbingpenguin

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Hi,

Does anyone have experience of not being able to work out in a gym because of your symptoms of Social Anxiety?
My really close friend used to work out with me at the gym but due to his symptoms of SAD got severe, she can’t come with me anymore. She says that her heart sinks like she’s riding a roller coaster when she enters the gym. She’s afraid of her shape and performance to be judged by others. I think she got more depressed after she stopped working out.
I’m wondering if there’s anyone who has similar experience like this and how you’re dealing with it. I really want to find ways to help her. Any advice is welcomed and being sympathized will also be a great comfort for her.

Thank you.
 
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Duggie

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Social anxiety can be hugely cribbling though there are some ways to overcome this with small steps to be taken first, I had to overcome the same sort of panic when I was growing up due to being born with a harelip, so know of its power to make you just freeze up.
There are loads of good professional self-help books out there, mindfulness, positive psychology use of N.L.P to overcome phobias and addictions. And most of all go easy on yourself, try not to get drawn into any harmful triggers or anchors when facing tricky moments.

Swimming is easier to hide in, as your in a pool, fewer posers.
 
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climbingpenguin

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Social anxiety can be hugely cribbling though there are some ways to overcome this with small steps to be taken first, I had to overcome the same sort of panic when I was growing up due to being born with a harelip, so know of its power to make you just freeze up.
There are loads of good professional self-help books out there, mindfulness, positive psychology use of N.L.P to overcome phobias and addictions. And most of all go easy on yourself, try not to get drawn into any harmful triggers or anchors when facing tricky moments.

Swimming is easier to hide in, as your in a pool, fewer posers.
Well she's taking medicine and going counseling but she said that medicine doesn't work for that situation anymore... I guess trying out other exercises with her could be helpful. Thank you for your advice Duggie!
 
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