In a recent blog post I discussed a possible connection between introversion and pyroluria, especially if you also have social anxiety, inner tension and a preference for interacting with a few people rather than a crowd.
This nice infographic gives us some of the useful facts and stats:
- introverts make better one-on-one connections
- introverts sometimes experience anxiety when speaking to large groups of people
- introverts are prone to social anxiety disorder
- the percentage of introverts in the U.S. is about 50%
- the percentage of people in the U.S. who are estimated to have social anxiety disorder is 7%-8%
- the percentage of adults in the U.S. who are estimated to have an anxiety disorder is 18% [I added this one]
I like that this infographic is suggesting more comfortable work environments and jobs that may suit introverts better.
BUT …and this is a BIG BUT….I feel we can do better if you are one of those introverts who still feel anxious or nervous despite all the tips and tricks.
It’s important for you to also address some of the possible biochemical and nutritional imbalances:
- low blood sugar can make you feel anxious, irritable and depressed – eating protein at breakfast helps so much
- pyroluria can cause social anxiety and inner tension, especially in crowds and when under more stress – zinc and vitamin B6 can make a world of difference
- gluten intolerance can cause anxiety and depression and can lead to nutritional deficiencies – do an elimination and challenge
- low GABA or low serotonin can lead to physical tension/anxiety and worry/anxiety in the head – consider a trial of GABA or tryptophan supplements
This is just a few factors that may be contributing to your anxiety. I encourage you to investigate and address ALL the possible causes of your anxiety and/or social anxiety. You don’t have to live with it, tolerate it and force or “extrovert” (a new verb!) yourself in social settings. You can feel comfortable, relaxed, calm and be a “Social Butterfly” – really!
Do also check out my book for in-depth protocols and research: The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood, and End Cravings (New Harbinger, 2011).