How to Feel Comfortable in New Social Situations

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How to Feel Comfortable in New Social Situations

 

When entering new situations, it’s normal to feel a little uncomfortable. Some people are naturally outgoing and adapt with no trouble, but others have a harder time making conversation and feeling comfortable around strangers. Fortunately, if youre a person who struggles in new environments, you can take a few simple steps thatll make a big difference in your social life.

Try these tips to make the most of social situations, so you can feel comfortable around strangers:

Bring a friend. A good way to be more comfortable around strangers is to have someone with you that you already know. If your friend is more outgoing, he can help you easily integrate into existing groups and conversations.

If possible, find someone you already know whos in the group and hang with them. Odds are good that theyll talk to others and include you in the conversation.

Talk about things you like. A funny thing about conversation is that you never struggle to talk about things youre passionate about. Look to integrate yourself into groups that are already talking about things you like, and the event will go much more smoothly.

Stay away from alcohol. It can be tempting to take a drink or two to take the edge off of the pressure you feel in social situations. Unfortunately, alcohol impairs your judgment and often leads to bad decisions. You want to stay as alert and in control as possible. So pass up the drinks until youve overcome the nerves and become comfortable with your surroundings.

Find someone like you. One of the biggest challenges shy people face in new environments is feeling like they dont belong. It can seem daunting to fit in when your mind is telling you all the reasons you should be embarrassed. But if you look for someone like you, you can rest easy knowing that youre both nervous, so you can help each other to adapt to the social pressure you both feel.

Find a place to sit. If youre at a house party, the couch is a great place for people to gather. You can sit down and just listen to other people talk. When you have something you want to add, you can jump in. Other times, people will notice and acknowledge you so you can feel like youre a part of the conversation.

If theres a counter or bar, find a spot and make yourself comfortable there. You wont look out of place, and someone will likely join you for some interesting conversation.

Give it time. Most of the time, the anxiety you feel around new people subsides. The awkwardness you feel from the new place and unfamiliar faces will, in time, give way to interesting encounters and fascinating conversations if you give it a chance.

Thankfully, you can make the most of social situations even if youre introverted. All it takes is a willingness to leave your comfort zone in favor of the enriching experience of meeting new and interesting people.

Find someone whos just as nervous and strike up a conversation. Or find a place to sit and let the conversation come to you. The most important thing is that you overcome the fear thats inside you and realize that the effort is worth it. Soon, youll be more at ease in social situations, gain more friends, and experience deeper relationships than you ever thought possible.

Paul La Rue | General Content Writer (Life Begins At 40)
Paul La Rue | General Content Writer (Life Begins At 40)
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