Social anxiety can be very scary and can snowball quite quickly into a panic attack. I have foudn several things that help:
Sometimes I remove myselffrom the situation and take a deep breath. I Remind myself that it is only this situation and try not to let my thoughts snowball into something else.
I also use distraction. I find a way that I can set mymind on something that is more relaxing and calming to you. For me, it's saying the rosary. I will start saying the rosary and I can feel myself start to calm down. Sometimes to distract myself I will play a game in my head, for instance I will count by threes, 3,6,9,12,15,18, etc. If I pick something difficult enough it can completely distract me from my feelings of unease.
Suffer from Depression and Bipolar Type II
Currently taking: Fluoxetine, Bupropion, Risperidone, Depakote, and Clonazapem
Favorite Quote: Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth