Regular readers of this site will be familiar with my side project, overcomingsocialanxiety.com. Well last week I launched a re-design of the site along with a free e-book and a new podcast “The Confident Mind“. Mark and I talked about social anxiety and the podcast on Radio Live today. (Click here for the interview)
Social anxiety disorder affects around 7% of people aged over 18 and can have a crippling effect on their social and work lives as well as leading to panic attacks and isolation. But one of its key challenges is that the anxiety and shyness that people experience can often prevent them from asking for help.
The Confident Mind explores the science, news and reality behind social anxiety as well as looking at the research and the reasoning behind using mindfulness techniques to combat social anxiety. The podcast also includes a series of practical mindfulness exercises which teach the skills to becoming more confident, and interviews with leaders in the field.
People who suffer from social anxiety often avoid situations which cause them to feel anxious or shy – which, in turn, means that although they may well be aware of their issue, they do not want to ask for help. This can become a vicious cycle.
The Confident Mind podcast, along with the website overcomingsocialanxiety.com, is designed to reach out to people who suffer with social anxiety and give them the information and practical advice necessary for them to start tackling how they feel.
I’m hoping the website will become a one-stop shop for information, resources and treatment for people who struggle with social anxiety and shyness.
And the full online treament program is now also available. The course includes video sessions; live online group sessions; interactive webinars which help teach fundamental mindfulness techniques; customised workbooks, audio tracks; and premium video podcasts.
To subscribe to the Confident Mind podcast click here to subscribe via iTunes or click here to subscribe via RSS (non-iTunes feed). And if you really want to help me out you could click here and give the podcast a review (hopefully positive!) and rating in the iTunes store.