Strengthening your relationships can significantly reduce stress and anxiety, especially if you’re socially anxious. Building a support network of friends can act as a buffer against anxiety and low mood. However, if you’re avoiding social situations due to anxiety, you miss the chance to boost your confidence and develop communication skills.
Effective communication skills are vital for forming and maintaining friendships and a strong support system. Communication skills are learned through practice, including nonverbal communication, conversation skills, and assertiveness. Use this PDF to learn more about effective communication and improving your social skills.