It sounds like your anxiety is impacting you socially and academically. Try some of the tips at the end of this article. Use deep breathing and relaxation techniques to decrease anxiety and increase self-confidence. Increase your knowledge of current events and pop culture to expand your interests so you can initiate conversation and have something to share. Don't beat yourself up. When anxiety is high, the brain does things that are out of our control; it's not your fault. Let these symptoms pass, take a deep breath and try your best to engage the task.