“Feeling Shy?” Friend, Aug. 2012, 46–47
Many children feel shy sometimes, whether they’re meeting new people, giving a talk, or answering a question in school. Here are some things to try when you feel shy:
Pray. You are a child of God, and so is everyone else. Heavenly Father wants to help you.
Breathe. Sometimes when you’re scared, you forget to breathe deeply enough. Taking slow, deep breaths can help you calm down.
Smile. Sometimes when you’re feeling shy, other people may think you don’t want to be their friend. Smiling tells them that you are nice.
Try. When you are in a situation where you’re feeling shy, you need to leave your comfort zone. Start small, and work up to harder things.
Practice. Think about what you will do and say before you get into the situation. You can even practice with family or friends.
Help. Think about and help others around you. Remember, someone who seems unfriendly may be shy just like you!
Don’t give up! It may take a while before you learn to overcome your shyness, but don’t stop trying.