I used to suffer from extremely bad social anxiety and had to see a psychologist about it. I soon got sick of it and decided to try to find coping strategies. This is what I came up with: 1. Scanning the area for exits if I can't cope- I was told to put myself in social situations by the psychologist to try and adjust so I looked for all possible exits if I needed to make a quick escape if I couldn't cope 2. Being in public environments/ using time- I put myself in shops that had a few people in at first and timed 10 minutes. I tried to stay for small amounts of time and then left when the time was up and recorded how I felt and what I was thinking. I treated myself to a present if I managed the time limit. I started to go into busier places slowly by slowly and started increasing the time limit and reward myself if I succeeded. 3. Controlled breathing- I trained myself to control my breathing to try to calm myself down but if I reached my peak of anxiety I escaped the situation and waited until my breathing was back to normal. 4. Splitting from my mum- My task was to say to my mum I will meet you outside the shop im going in in 10 minutes and when I got more comfortable I made the time limit longer 5. Attempting rational thinking- I used to think people we watching me and out to get me so I had to keep telling myself "i'm safe, I have my phone, I can get my mum to help me out of this, nobody has any reason to harm me" and things like that. Constant self reassurance by myself and from my close friends and parents was a big help These helped me a hell of a lot with my social anxiety and I don't suffer from it nearly as bad now. Hope these help some people out a bit!