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Ways to overcome Public Fear

What is Social anxiety or Public fear?

What is Social anxiety or Public fear?

Fear of public speaking is a common form of anxiety which ranges from slight nervousness to paralyzing fear and panic. Many individuals with this fear avoid public speaking situations altogether, or they suffer through them with shaking hands and a quavering voice. But with preparation and persistence, one can overcome this fear.

Nervousness or anxiety in certain situations is normal, and public speaking is no exception. Known as performance anxiety, other examples include stage fright, test anxiety and writer's block. But people with severe performance anxiety that includes significant anxiety in other social situations may have social anxiety disorder. If you can't overcome your fear with practice alone, consider seeking professional help.

How you can control your Public fear:

1. Know your Topic well. The better you understand your topic the fewer mistakes you will make.

2. Get organized in terms of planning out the information you want to present, including any props, audio or visual aids. If possible, visit the place where you'll be speaking and review available equipment before your presentation.

3. Practice your complete presentation several times. Consider making a video of your presentation so you can watch it and see opportunities for improvement.

4. Do some deep breathing before you get to the podium and during your speech. 5. Focus on your material and not on your audience. People mainly pay attention to new information — not how it's presented.

6. Don’t fear a moment of silence. Even if it's longer, it's likely your audience won't mind a pause to consider what you've been saying. Just take a few slow, deep breaths.

7. Recognize your success by giving yourself a pat on the back after finishing your presentation or speech. Everyone makes mistakes. Look at any mistakes you made as an opportunity to improve your skills.

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Overcoming these 5 BAD emotions might change your life!

We decode and give solutions to dealing with emotions that act as roadblocks to living a positive life. Read on to find out more...

What are emotions?
They are strong feelings that occur because of a variety of reasons. You might feel joy when you meet a friend or you might feel embarrassment when you slipped on a banana peel. Feelings are transient, which means that they come and go.
Acknowledge them, and let go.
Thoughts produce feelings, and we feel emotions.

For the sake of simplicity, let’s broadly categorise emotions into two categories: good emotions and bad emotions. Simply put, the good emotions will make you feel happy and your body will be relaxed. On the contrary, bad emotions will not make you feel happy and your body will be tensed.

Some examples of good emotions are joy, satisfaction, gratitude, hope and joy.
Anything that evokes a feeling of being happy can be called a good emotion. Some examples of bad emotions are jealousy, blame, anger, attachment and regret. Similarly, anything that evokes unhappy feelings can be called bad emotions. Here we aim to look at the above mentioned bad emotions that are labelled under the bad category, and Teentalk India Expert Kshitija Sawant gives solutions to deal with them.

Jealousy: It is also called the green-eyed monster. It is not appreciating what you have, and focusing on what you do not have. For example, your friend owning the latest model of IPhone. You might also aspire to have it, but feeling jealous because of a material possession is not worth it.

Kshitija explains how to overcome jealousy: Shift your focus. Learn to appreciate what you have instead of focusing on what you don’t have. Be aware of who you are, your roots and learn to be grateful for what you have. This might seem easier than done, but bringing about a change in your thought processes will definitely be worthwhile.
 

Blame: Everyone goes through unpleasant times in their life. Somebody might have treated you badly or you were unjustly being accused of something you haven’t done. After a point, we have to learn to take the responsibility for our actions. Blaming your parents, teachers, cousins or friends will stunt your growth. Take responsibility and move forward.


Kshitija explains how to deal with the blame game: If you find yourself dealing with recurring unpleasant situations, then it’s time to take a step back and ask yourself, if you have any role to play in what’s happening, either consciously or unconsciously. Take some time out for yourself and get to know yourself better by meditating, writing down your thoughts and reading content that’s relevant to what you’re going through. That can give you the much needed insight in terms of what to do next.
 

Anger: This is a strong emotion that can emerge due to  a variety of reasons. However, it is important to question why something made you angry in the first place. Being angry at someone or a situation is okay, but screaming, hitting the other person or furniture and abusing is not considered acceptable.


Kshitija explains how to deal with anger: Experiencing feelings of anger in a situation is alright, but whether you choose to act on the anger or not, will determine the outcome of your situation. According to Buddha, before you choose to act on anger and say something, take a step back and ask yourself the following questions: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?
 

Attachment: While being attached to some people like your family and friends or material possessions with high sentimental value is alright, keeping most people and things in your life just for the sake of it will leave you stuck. Discard the old, because only then you will make the space for the new to enter your life.


Kshitija explains how to let go: Sometimes, you have let go of the old relationships, people or possessions, so that you can begin a new chapter in your life. Remember, the purpose of our existence is to keep evolving, to keep growing and for that, at times, we may have to let go of some people or things, because they no longer serve us and will not allow us to grow.
 

Regret: One of the reasons why we feel regret is because some event did not go as per our plans. You might have said something mean to a loved one that you did not mean to or you ended up getting caught cheating in exams and paid a heavy price for doing so; can bring feelings of regret to the surface.


Kshitija explains how to overcome regret: When things don’t work out as planned, think of what valuable lessons have you learnt from that experience, what should you do in life, what should you not do and move ahead in life accordingly.

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