How can you combat anxiety and nervousness during social situations?
You hit it head on. You will overcome it. Everyone is basically the same so they are NO better than you are. Everyone has something to share.... and so do you.
Your brain is focused on that one situation right, so you trick it by thinking of something else, like a happy or funny thought..
Find somebody or something to focus on to distract your mind from the anxiety.
Talk to one person at a time until you feel more comfortable.
Vitamin supplement Kava Kava... works & not habit forming.
Practice. Take a speech class where you must get in front of people and talk. It took me years, but I actually enjoy meeting and talking to people now. Speeking in front of a group? Sure, I don't care.