i have pretty bad social anxiety around people i know, but strangers i like bc i know i will never see them again or not as often and will forget anything embarrassing i said, did, or looked.
But anyways i went back to work after not working for a yr bc of school and was so nervous, and i never use to be as nervous or anxious till i started graduate school. I feel graduate school lowered my self esteem bc i compared my self to others and felt that others were better,smarter and prettier than me, etc.
And well anyways back to my job, i made sure to wake up early and gave myself plenty of time, in case i started to have a panic attack so i could calm myself down before going in. Once i got there I just jumped in and started with my work and not talking to my coworkers, bc i felt my coworkers would see how nervous i was. The more i interacted with strangers, the better i got. I just kept moving around bc the more i did that the less i thought about being nervous around my coworkers. But as the days went by, it got easier and easier. I practiced affirmations, wrote in my journal achievements i made through out the day,prayed, and drank my calming tea, so i could wake up less stressed or anxious the next morning.
Good luck, i like the shyness and social anxiety workbook. I feel this has helped a lot, i also recommend buying any of these type books in actual paperback and not kindle so you can write in it and make copies of exercises.