Effective Communication: Improving your Social Skills
Building good relationships with others can significantly reduce your life's stress and anxiety. In fact, improving your social support is generally associated with improving mental health, as having good friends can act as a "buffer" for anxiety and low mood feelings. This is especially true if you are socially anxious and want to make friends desperately, but are either too afraid to do so or are unsure of how to reach out to others. You may even avoid social situations as a result of these anxious feelings.
One of the consequences of avoiding social situations, unfortunately, is that you never have the chance to:
Build your trust in others or interact with others
Build strong communication skills to increase opportunities for successful relationships!
For instance, if you're afraid to go to parties or ask someone out on a date, your lack of trust and experience will make it even harder to know how to handle these situations (like what to wear, what to say, etc...). People often have the skills they need, but they lack the confidence to use them. Either way, your confidence will be increased and your communication skills improved.