Find a supporter to go with you on social journeys.
Bringing someone to accompany you to new social events that might excite you but still scare you can calm nerves and make things much more enjoyable. One warning is not to attach onto your friend/winger, so you’ll be able to meet others. Keep your winger at a close distance for assurance and confidence. Of course, after talking to a couple of people, circle back to your winger to chat, and then head back out into the social arena.