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Strategies to Overcome Anxiety and Cultivate Lasting Friendships

In the last blog, we began a journey to help our daughters overcome shyness and anxiety in social situations. We explored the beliefs and assumptions that often contribute to these feelings. Today, we're delving deeper and providing strategies to change those anxiety-provoking thoughts.

Questions For Changing Anxiety-Provoking Thoughts
Examining the evidence is one of the most powerful tools in combatting anxiety-provoking thoughts.

It's crucial to recognize that our beliefs are not facts; they are merely guesses or hypotheses about how things are.

Here are some questions to help both parents and girls navigate this process:

How do I know for sure that my prediction will come true? Challenge the certainty of your thoughts. Just because you believe something doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen.

What do my past experiences tell me about the likelihood of my thoughts coming true? Reflect on past situations where you had similar ideas. Were your predictions accurate, or did things turn out differently?

Were there times when I experienced anxiety-provoking thoughts that didn't come true? Recall instances where your worries didn't materialize. This highlights the unreliability of anxious predictions.

Are there facts or statistics that can help me decide whether my prediction is likely to come true? Seek objective information or data that can confirm or refute your anxious thoughts.

Are there other possible interpretations for this situation? Challenge your initial understanding by exploring alternative explanations for the situation.

How might another person interpret this situation? Consider how someone else with a different perspective might perceive the same scenario.

By actively engaging with these questions, you and your daughter can begin to dismantle the foundation of anxiety-provoking thoughts and open up new possibilities for more constructive beliefs.

To assist you further in this journey, I also created the Belief Challenge Worksheet: Transforming Anxiety-Provoking Thoughts, a resource designed for parents and their daughters to explore together. Download Worksheets

This worksheet highlights possible beliefs that may be impacting your daughter's ability to develop relationships and the questions you will need to help transform her anxiety-provoking thoughts.

Use this worksheet to spark conversations, self-reflection, and a deeper understanding of your child's challenges. Download now to start fostering stronger, more confident relationships in your daughter's life.


Even the gentlest murmurs can spark the most profound connections. Don't allow shyness to dim your radiance; let it lead you to like-minded spirits who embrace your distinct brilliance.



Laura Hayes
Founder of The Brave Girl Project
Life Coach to Tween & Teen Girls
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