My childhood and teens years were a lot more awkward than they had to be, mostly because I was so shy. But my parents (oh, bless them) sent me to therapy and I learned that being shy doesn't have to be a life sentence for social anxiety. Here are a few of the strategies I learned to help me get over my shyness and embrace confidence instead.
1. Talk to You
I know this sounds bizarre, but this was the first strategy my therapist laid out for me, and it works! When you're alone, feel free to talk to yourself, and not just in your own head, but out loud! I suppose part of the success of this trick is that it gets you used to hearing your own voice, which for a shy person, is kind of a new thing.