Does staying indoors excessively cause social anxiety?
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Staying indoors excessively does not directly cause social anxiety. It is possible that having social anxiety will prevent you from going out more, which in turn makes anxiety more prominent. Talk to your parents and family about your anxiety so that they can understand and support you. Are you able to manage to go to school or college? Try going out regularly. Avoidance does not help. Regular exposure to anxiety-provoking situations will help to treat anxiety.
Exercise regularly. It will lower stress and improve your confidence. Practice deep breathing techniques and progressive muscle relaxation exercises for about 20 to 30 minutes daily. If anxiety is more generalized and severe, consult a doctor for an assessment. Counseling can be beneficial.
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