Same advice I give to my husband, I'll give to you.
( Feel free to chuck it if you think it sucks.
Socializing has to be treated like working-out muscles in our body. The more you push through the pain of starting a socialization program, the better you`ll feel.
If you cave to the pain of it, your isolation will get flabby....and so will your feelings about yourself and others.
It always feels awkward at first, don`t let your feelings in those beginner stages dictate your judgement.