Best Nootropics for Social Anxiety

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What is social anxiety?

First of all, anxiety is a normal emotion we all suffer from time to time and nootropics for social anxiety can help. Anxiety is apprehension and worry and a normal

reaction to a stressful situation. It is exaggerated worries with the thought only of a bad or negative outcome.

The main feature of social anxiety disorder is intense anxiety or fear of being judged, negatively evaluated, or rejected in a social or performance situation. People with a social anxiety disorder may worry about acting or appearing visibly anxious (e.g., blushing, stumbling over words), or being viewed as stupid, awkward, or boring. As a result, they often avoid social or performance situations, and when a situation cannot be avoided, they experience significant anxiety and distress

Social anxiety is where these feelings come about with the thought of being around a lot of people, speaking in public, or performing in public. It often comes on suddenly leaving a person very tense, elevated blood pressure, sweating, feeling nauseous, perhaps heart palpitations and shakiness.

If you find yourself having suffered in these social situations there are a number of nootropics that may be able to help you. Don’t rob yourself out of a more peaceful life.


Ashwagandhanootropics for social anxiety

Ashwagandha is a very popular and amazing plant that has it’s origins thousands of years ago and still to this day in Ayurvedic medicine. It has been traditionally used to treat a wide variety of ailments, but over the past several years it has become very popular as a nootropic supplement because of it’s anti-stress and anti-anxiety properties. It has the ability to improve your mood as well as reduce stress-related fatigue.

There’s quite a bit of science to support ashwagandha’s use as a stress-relieving nootropic. Several studies have shown that it can reduce stress, anxiety, and cortisol levels.

Ashwagandha is an adaptogen, which are herbs and plants that help the body resist stress and anxiety. It is so popular that many studies have been performed showing its ability to decrease stress and anxiety levels.


Nootropic benefits of ashwagandha

  • Lowers Stress Levels
  • Lowers Anxiety Levels
  • Elevates Your Moods
  • Increase in Motivation
  • Lowers Social Anxiety
  • Reduces Stress-Related Fatigue
  • Reduces Symptoms of Depression

To learn more about Ashwagandha please read my detailed article here!



This is a racetam and is pretty popular because of its anxiety-reducing effect without the side effect of drowsiness. Although there have never been studies conducted on humans yet, animal tests reveal evidence that Aniracetam does significantly improve mood and reduce anxiety.

Benefits of Aniracetam

  • Reduction in Anxiety
  • Improved Mood
  • Increase in Ability to Learn
  • Improved Memory

Read my in-depth article on Aniracetam here!

L-Theaninenootropics for social anxiety

The amino acid L-Theanine (a stress reducer is most commonly associated with green tea and is why so many people drink green tea. The calming effect without a sedative effect of green tea is caused by L-Theanine.

If you don’t drink green tea you can take L-Theanine alone or if you want with caffeine. When taking it with caffeine it has been shown to improve your mood and focus of course, but leave out the jitters caffeine brings.

A side result of mixing L-Theanine with your coffee is just that, you get the benefits of caffeine with improved mood, but no jitters. Those who shy away from coffee because of this now can enjoy it.

Taking l-theanine by itself can have a positive impact on social anxiety for many people. It’s been scientifically shown to reduce psychological and physiological stress. Many users report that, with daily use, l-theanine has significantly reduced their social anxiety.

Benefits of L-Theanine

  • Reduced Mental Stress
  • Reduced Physical Stress
  • Reduced Anxiety
  • Improved Mood
  • Reduced Social Anxiety

To learn more about L-Theanine, read my detailed article here!


Noopept is a very well-known nootropic that is fast acting and is great at improving mood. Being that is easily absorbed into the blood give it it’s ability to fast. If you suffer from anxiety, a quick-acting medication is a positive one.

Noopept offers protection to brain cells which acts to keep the brain healthy. Studies show that those with cognitive and mental disorders such as anxiety and depression have found significant improvement with Noopept.

At the moment, Noopept is not regulated in North America and other countries. Noopept is quite a strong nootropic and therefore needs to be used according to the label. If used at the recommended dosages, you should be able to greatly improve your cognitive performance. Here is a more complete list of the benefits of Noopept.

Benefits of Noopept

  • Better Overall Cognitive Performance
  • Increased Learning Ability
  • Improved Mood (Reduced Anxiety & Depression Symptoms)
  • Enhanced Memory

To learn more about Noopept, read here!


Many animal studies and evidence collected from human studies including experimental, clinical, and epidemiological say CBD oil does have powerful anti-anxiety properties. If taken when needed.


Phenibut can also be added to this list and to read about it check out my article here.

Other Ways to Help With Social Anxiety

We all have it in us to break free from the effects of social anxiety. Above I have shown you some very effective nootropics that can give you relief.

There are also many ways to relieve social anxiety with the help of nootropics. A combination of both could give you that extra edge to becoming free of social anxiety

Anxiety is Normal: Realize that your social anxiety is normal and so are you. It’s a normal response to what your mind perceives as danger.

Anxiety isn’t Reality: We all go about our lives with our brains constantly working. We have a constant flow of thoughts running that influence our mood and energy levels. Social Anxiety feeds on those thoughts you exaggerate into danger or a bad or negative result. For example “I can’t do this, I’ll freeze up” or “This meeting is going to be a disaster”. This type of thinking is just a habit. Think in reality and examine your negative thoughts and correct them.

Relabel Your Thoughts: Did you know that your feelings of excitement and anxiety are just about the same? They are so when you feel anxious, think “I’m getting excited rather than “I’m getting anxious” and begin the downhill spiral. Think negative, it will be negative. Think Positive, it will be positive.

Take Deep Breaths: Once your anxiety starts and begins to escalate, your breathing becomes shallower and more rapid. This is the time for deep breathing. Practice abdominal breathing. Lay down where you can be comfortable and place your hands on your abdomen. Now breath through your nose from your abdomen to a count of 5 while feeling your hands rise. Then exhale to a slow count of 5. Your chest should not rise.

Get Out There: Sometimes the best thing to do is get uncomfortable and do it. Don’t worry that people may see your anxiety. They may or may not and you will be amazed at what you can do. The more you allow yourself into your anxiety-producing situations, the less anxious you will feel.

14 thoughts on “Best Nootropics for Social Anxiety”

  1. My daughter deals with a lot of anxiety and we’ve been looking for natural methods of helping her. She doesn’t want to put too many chemicals into her body, which I commend, but she needs to do something! We will try some of these for her and see if we can help her manage her anxiety.

  2. not only you are offering solutions through good product’s but also practical ways to overcome social anxiety without spending a penny. However social anxiety can have something to do with your DNA, you biology. Yes, that’s a possibility. Actually the way you are is determined not also by the environment, you DNA plays an important role as well. 

    I recommend to use the right supplements and to just get out there!

  3. I enjoy being informed and knowledgeable about things that exist in this world and your post was an incredible read in terms of educating me, not only the kinds of Nootropics available and the different kinds you can get with their ingredients but also your very helpful links that provided information on ayurvedic medicine and the historic practice of well being that it provides and encompasses.  Racetam was a new introduction too and I am curious and interested about the dynamics that these nootropics have on the autonomic nervous system that helps to diminish and heal social anxiety.  Your encouraging tips at the end to encourage healing social anxiety in conjunction with nootropics I am sure will prove to be a very beneficial resource to those who suffer with it.  Interesting read and very engaging content!    

  4. Thanks for the interesting information. 

    You do a good job of describing the benefits of Ashwaghanda and Nootropics.  Plenty is there that I have not encountered before.  Also, you have some good common-sense advice as to how to deal with anxiety without drugs.

    I don’t normally take any drugs outside of coffee or tea and am reluctant to add something new.  I see Nootropics are not currently regulated by the government. Is that in the offing? I don’t notice a discussion of side effects.  Are there any?  Is it habit forming or addictive?  These are all things I would be interested to know before trying it?



    • The nootropics I have listed are generally free of side effects.

      As far as government regulation that is drug by drug and supplements generally are ignored by medicine because of a belief they don’t work

  5. I haven’t heard about Nootropics before, I found can help in memory, anxiety and more. Did you use some of the ones you mentioned? Anxiety is very common those days with the hurry life we have and so many issues we have to confront. I liked your final thoughts, mainly to make deep breath. Thank you for this review 🙂

    • Yes, I have used a few and had quite a bit of success.  The key is to try the ones you want and find one that really works for you.

      Thanks for the great comment Maria

  6. Hi Stew ! I when through your content Best Nootropics for Social Anxiety it was very great. what really I want to know is that how can one know that he suffers from natural anxiety? Over the past I was a boy that had suffer from such. When I was growing up I tried by all means to get rid of the social anxiety by taking part in many activities, even up to this day I still feel some anxiety in me, it has not really gone out, but however when I am given a task to perform in social places I always tried to overcome it. Base on these things I would really let to know whether one can totally get way of  social anxiety? And I could really let to know again whether social anxiety is what some called phobia? Thank you.

    • I think you can rid yourself of it completely, but most don’t.  It is you and you can minimize it to a very tolerable level.

      I have heard from many people who do public speaking who suffer from social anxiety that say each time they face their anxiety it helps them get through it.

      As far as a phobia?  It has been given the nickname, but no I don’t believe it is a phobia.

  7. This is a comprehensive review of Social Anxiety relieving products. I like Ashwagandha, which is native to where I use to live 30 years ago. In my small village I would say confidently ~70-75% family will have a bottle or two of it.  It is a multi-purpose Ayurvedic medicine, inexpensive but most importantly it works for varieties of ailments. I have remembered using several times during debate competition and final exams.

    I love the natural way of relieving social anxiety that is depicted at the end of this blog post. 

    Accepting yourself more and recognizing what you have greatly helped me over years. I know it is common with many. Believing the fact that, no one is an expert has helped me a lot. If I put my best for anything I attempt , I am happy. But it has taken decades to come up to this point, not to worry about society so much.

    I am skeptical of the pharma medications which are just animal tested to use. This is my personal opinion.

    It is a highly useful review of products to help for a very common human problem and will benefit many.

    • Thank you very much for this informative comment from someone who knows a lot about it and who has used it.  

      I think believing in yourself is the greatest gift you can give yourself.

      Thank you again.

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