Is shyness getting the best of you when you are around men? If yes, then you are probably having problems in meeting and dating men as your shyness around men keeps interfering with your social and dating life.

Shy women are often inexperienced in dating men because their shyness cost them to end up dateless and loveless. A shy woman may be interested in a guy and wants to make a good impression but her shyness prevents her to do so. When a guy approached and talked to her, she’ll be terrified and can’t express herself that the guy eventually thinks she’s not interested. She may want to date a certain guy but end up saying “No” when asked due to nervousness being alone with a guy on a date.

In general, women are perceived as more socially competent so shy women can be mistaken as aloof, snobby, rude, anti-social, unfriendly or simply uninterested if they are unable to interact with the opposite sex in social situations. Men have no idea what these shy women are going through and didn’t consider the idea that they are just shy and their nerves are getting the best of them that they cannot interact with men. The worst thing is that shy women continue to suffer from this problem even until their 40s, the age when they should be enjoying a stable relationship or starting a family. Shyness can take away one’s potential for a successful dating life. If you are one of these women, you have to know how to overcome shyness around men to boost your dating life. Here are some tips that can be very helpful.

Acknowledge that your shyness is a problem. It can be hard to overcome shyness if you will just accept that you are shy and that’s who you are but didn’t realize that it is a problem. It is important to recognize that your shyness around men is a problem that inhibits you from opportunities to meet the man who could be the one for you. If you know that shyness is a problem then you know that you have to do something to overcome it to have a successful dating life.

Start taking small steps to get out of your comfort zone. Shy women tend to stay in their comfort zone; that is to stay home and avoid social situations or interaction with people especially the opposite sex. If you want to overcome shyness around men, you have to start taking small steps to go out of your comfort zone. Taking the first step is the hardest part if you want to change or do something so you have to make the decision to start taking small steps. Force yourself to say “Hi” to your neighbors and people you know when you see them around. Go out with your friends, make new friends and be more sociable. Talk to people more until you become more confident and comfortable around people including men of course. By taking small steps and getting out of your comfort zone, you’ll become more socially competent and you will eventually overcome shyness around men.

Know that men are humans too. If you are shy because you are scared to be rejected and ridiculed by the opposite sex, it is important to realize that like you, men are also humans. Men can be as shy as you are, they don’t bite and they are not usually mean. Although not all men are nice but men in general are nicer to the opposite sex. Women can be more mean and judgmental towards another woman compared to men.

Take care of yourself and improve your physical appearance. The way you look can affect the way you feel. Shyness can be a result of insecurity with your looks or from being unhappy with what you see in the mirror. Exert efforts to look your best. Know how to dress appropriately, choose a hairstyle that fits you, lose those unwanted pounds and stay fit, practice good hygiene and always appear fresh. But this is not about changing who you are or being someone you are not but this is about being the best version of yourself. If you like how you look, you’ll be more confident and motivated to overcome your shyness around men.

View yourself in a positive way. Turn off those negative vibes and get rid of those negative opinions you have for yourself. Shyness towards the opposite sex may trigger if you always think that you will not meet someone because you are too shy, too boring or not good-looking enough. The thing is, every woman has her own beauty. Love yourself more, get rid of those negative thoughts and see yourself in a different light. If you feel good about yourself, you’ll be more confident around men.

Find something you are good at and be a more interesting person. Knowing that you are good at something can boost your confidence. If you have talent in cooking, arts or musically inclined, these things can help you gain more self-confidence and become more interesting because you have a lot to share. Even if there is nothing you are good at right now, there must be something you are passionate about and want to learn so pursue that passion and learn something new. It is easier to overcome shyness around men if you know you are an interesting person to be with.

Be patient and keep trying to overcome shyness around men. You cannot change overnight. Beating shyness is a difficult and long process so be patient and persevere. Sometimes it may feel like you’ve made one step forward but two steps backward. Do not be discouraged, keep trying and keep going. You might fail, stumble and get hurt sometimes but if you keep trying you’ll eventually succeed and overcome shyness around men.