3 Tips for Overcoming Social Anxiety

“F-E-A-R has two meanings: ‘Forget Everything And Run’ or ‘Face Everything And Rise.’ The choice is yours.” ~Zig Ziglar

At one point or another, we all experience some level of social anxiety. Feeling uncomfortable in unfamiliar situations or around those we don’t know well is perfectly normal, and there is hope for overcoming it. Instead of running from your fears, you can find empowerment and inner strength by facing them head on.

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Break free from social anxiety with these tips.

What is Social Anxiety?

Unlike general anxiety, which is characterized as a discomfort, fear or paranoia of the world around you, social anxiety is a subset of anxiety that is triggered through interactions with others. Many who suffer from social anxiety describe a fear of being judged or scrutinized and often report feeling alienated by those around them. Here are three tips for moving forward.

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Finding Happiness: The Complete Guide

Happiness is like the air we breathe; it’s all around and in abundant quantities, but can feel very elusive and is hard to grab onto. When you aren’t feeling happy, it may seem like everyone around you is having the best day in the world and you have no idea how to harness the power for yourself. Happiness is a state that you can live in every day; read on for the guide to finding yours within.

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Find inner happiness with these tips.

The Complete Guide to Gaining True Happiness

Most of the goals and resolutions we create for ourselves often have to do with increasing our happiness, but knowing where to start can be like taking a shot in the dark. Here are some signs that it’s time to invest in your own happiness.

6 Signs You Should Invest in Your Happiness

  1. You Feel “Stuck”

Do you feel like you’re stuck in a rut while everyone else is moving forward? Instead of belittling or feeling sorry for yourself, you should use this as an opportunity to take stock of your life and try and pinpoint why you feel that way. Maybe your career isn’t going forward like you planned or maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been on a date. Use this feeling to propel yourself into seeking true happiness instead of remaining stuck.

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Interview with Lynda Brown on The Author Chat Show

Even though I grew up in an orphanage, I didn’t let the trauma I experienced ruin my whole life. Instead, I became a nun and decided to help people, especially children. I recently had a chance to share my story with Lynda Brown from The Author Chat Show, where we discussed my reasons for leaving the convent, how I found happiness despite adversity and my advice for those seeking to be truly happy. Listen to my full interview here!

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorchatshow/2016/04/05/the-author-chat-show-with-lynda-d-brown

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Guest Post for Frederic Bye

Have you ever wondered how courage and toughness can help you to live the life you have always wanted to lead? Mastering the techniques of mental power and self-love will help you find the passion, motivation, power and drive to complete your goals and achieve the success you are seeking in life. Learn how to live a positive life, full of light, here by reading my guest post on Frederic Bye’s website, Creative Magic Unchained.

http://www.fredericbye.com/guestpostlizupton/

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Importance of Mental Power for Fostering Self-Love

I frequently speak about the importance of self-love for finding happiness in my conversations with radio hosts and in my most recent book, Exuberant Women Don’t Age – No Time To Waste. Self-love is something that can seem elusive, but you know it when you feel it. It’s a deep appreciation for the unique quirks that make you, you. It’s the lack of doubt you feel when moving forward with your convictions. It’s knowing when to say no, and knowing when to say yes. Self-love is found first by fostering courage and toughness from within.

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Find Your Mental Power

Finding inner strength begins with mental power. To achieve this, you must be consistently clear about your desires with others, but most importantly, with yourself. If you feel uncomfortable in any given situation, it’s important you recognize this sign from your mind and listen to it. When you trust your brain and its ability to make decisions for the good of yourself, you will find that it is your closest friend who can reassure you, comfort you, and give you the strength needed to enter the world like a force of nature. I like to call this inner power, “I Can Do It” power.

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Interview on Creative Magic Unchained with Frederic Bye

I recently appeared on Frederic Bye’s Creative Magic Unchained radio show, formerly The Book Geek. The conversation I had with Frederic was thoughtful and exciting. I shared my experiences about why I became a nun in the first place, what life was like in and out of the convent and how I found meaning and happiness with my life after I left the church. Listen here to my conversation with Frederic and learn how letting go of self-doubt can help you find boundless happiness!

http://www.fredericbye.com/elizabethupton/

 

 

Interview on Transform U! Radio with Minister Dr. Marcus Hart

I recently appeared on Transform U! Radio Show’s ‘Free Yourself Friday!’ The conversation I had with Minister Dr. Marcus Hart was exciting and full of good energy. I shared my experiences about why I became a nun in the first place, what my life was like once I joined the convent, my reasons for leaving and how I found freedom and happiness once I left. We understand the world gradually as we live, and suffering brings us deeper into the present moment. Learn about this sacred process here in my interview on Transform U!

 

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Book Genres: An Overview of Non-Fiction Categories

Surely you know the plot, direction and content of your book, but do you know what genre it falls under? There are hundreds of categories and subcategories that books can be labeled as; just imagine yourself standing amongst the shelves of a library. To best determine what genres you want to read and write, it’s important to first know the difference between fiction and non-fiction.

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Fiction vs. Non-Fiction

Fiction is literature that is purely fantasy, created from the imagination of the writer. Although fiction books can be based on facts, they often embellish details and use creative license to change past events as the author sees fit. Non-fiction, however, must be factual and not based on fantasy. Non-fiction writing is very broad, with many subcategories; read on for a guide to the most popular non-fiction book genres.

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Interview on NSOL Radio with Robbie Cornelius

I believe it’s a joyful experience to free yourself from judgment; have you ever tried to relate to others first as a human before thinking of them as a member of a race, creed or religion? I recently discussed self-love and love for others with Robbie Cornelius on NSOL Radio and the experience was both emotional and incredibly inspirational. Listen to the interview below to learn how managing your fear, removing prejudice and avoiding negative stimulation in your life can free your spirit and help you to be truly happy with who you are.

 

 

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Forgiveness: A Journey of Lifelong Learning

Forgiveness: it’s a lifelong process. I had not given forgiveness much of a thought before I left life as a nun in a protective religious community; a life I had been living for more than two decades. I only began to think about the difficulty of forgiveness when I returned home to a family that I thought would respect me and welcome me back with open arms. Instead, they disowned me after a short time back, for reasons too troubling to put down into print. I became instead what felt like an orphan, someone who was shunned from family events for years.

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I struggled to overcome my resentment and anger. I sought in vain for ways to embrace forgiveness and find happiness, without success. I prayed. I paid visit to counselors and spiritual advisors. I did not realize that my efforts to release my anger made a significant impact in my emotional and spiritual healing. I did not accept the fact that forgiveness is a lifelong process that cannot be hurried.

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