Being Myself

Self-Statements For Social Anxiety

By M. L.

I am just as important as anyone else.

I have the right to express my opinion whenever I feel like it, no matter what.

I am calmly and confidently in control of my own life.

I accept and feel good about myself.

I have a nice personality with many attractive qualities.

More importantly, I am caring and sensitive to the feelings of others.

When I speak my mind, and act as I am, the response I receive is often very positive.

I can carry on a conversation just as well as anyone else, so why should I be inhibited when I have many things to say?

This inhibition is my ANTs voice lying to me, and is nothing more than a lie. I just need to be myself, and say what I have to say, because I can’t go wrong when I do this.

I don't  need to feel like I have to be humorous or entertain others.

I just need to loosen up and be myself. I can always be as serious as I want, and I can always be as ridiculous as I want. It doesn’t really matter, just as long as I’m being me.

When a conversation is taking place and I have something to say, I will not think about it. I’ll just say it. I am not intruding or being rude. Chances are people will like what I have to say, and if they don’t, who really cares? In the grand scheme of things, how important is one tiny conversation anyway?

There is no "certain way" to act or be. Whatever I do or say is OK.

I don’t care if others disapprove. I choose to surround myself with people who I like and enjoy, and who share the same interests as I do. I don’t have to like everyone, and they don’t have to like me. This is perfectly normal.

Only when I stop allowing the thinking of others to affect the way I act, can I become myself and be happy.