Tips for Social Anxiety
I have a few tips that I use on a regular basis on how to be less anxious around people.
If you want to practice looking at a person when having a conversation, look at the top of their nose, right in between the eyes. They can't tell that you're not looking directly in their eyes!
A good way to practice starting conversation is to have small talk with cashiers, waitresses, etc. For example, when they ask, "how are you?", reply with, "fine, how are you?" Even if a conversation doesn't develop, at least you know that they think you are a sweet, caring person to ask.
Finally, smile at strangers. It is very hard, but it has helped me tremendously at being approachable.
I am still a little anxious around people, but I feel a lot more confident of myself, because I practice these tips everyday. I hope these have helped!