Distract Yourself from Negative Thoughts

Here are two distractions that will keep you away from the most difficult negative ANTs thinking:  physical exercise and singing.  Both of these distractions HAVE to work because they physiologically affect the brain and STOP the automatic negative thoughts temporarily.  You may need to get away from the ANTs for 30 minutes (by use of any distraction that works) so it has time to work and to quiet down your anxious thoughts and feelings.

I promise that if you continue to catch your ANTs and then find a distraction that works for you, and then do it, you are already making progress against automatic negative feeling/thinking.  If you do this every day, you will more quickly be in control of your own thoughts.  Many people give up too soon and do not practice, repeat, and reinforce the methods and strategies that help overcome SA.  Please keep going -- even after a setback.  You will make progress this way, and the progress you make is permanent.

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The Social Anxiety Association

The Social Anxiety Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1997 to meet the growing needs of people with social anxiety.  The SAA became inactive for several years due to lack of resources.  We are in the process of re-doing our website, listing all active, structured CBT groups for social anxiety, and renewing all our licenses.  Major changes will be happening by the end of 2013.  We publish new web content -- concerning social anxiety -- almost daily on the site now.

The Social Anxiety Institute is the largest website on the internet about social anxiety disorder (social phobia). Therapy programs have run at the Institute full-time since 1994.  Major new help for overcoming social anxiety is under development and will be introduced in 2013. 

For treatment: Overcoming social anxiety: Step by Step   A structured guide to overcoming social anxiety (a "How to" guide to get over social anxiety).

The Anxiety Network explains and describes five major anxiety disorders.

Guidelines for listing social anxiety groups on this site.  We cannot officially endorse groups, so check them out thoroughly.  We ask that they be groups that are operating, have a definite leader, and are thoroughly structured.  Social anxiety therapy groups are very different than the groups that operate for other mental health conditions.