Building good relationships with other people can greatly reduce stress and anxiety in your life. Actually, improving your social backing is associated to better mental health in general, since having good friends can act as a “safeguard” for feelings of anxiety and low mood. This is especially true if you are socially anxious and desperately want to make friends but are either too fearful to do so or are unsure about how to reach out to others. As a result of these anxious feelings, you may even be avoiding social situations. It is important practice to develop strong communications skills that would increase the chance for successful relationships.