So here's the thing. I am an introvert. Interacting with people drains me. At the end of the end I am exhausted. I am suffering through depression since a long time. I am so unhappy because I am not the version I want myself to be. I just want to be that girl who's happy and everybody loves to talk to her. The one who always gets noticed while I am just in the back trying to blurt one word from my mouth. I don't want to be this introverted person. I want to be that cheery girl who lights up the whole room when she walks in.
Personally what I found that helped me get through that situation was doing volunteer work in things that interested me. It made me come out of my comfortable zone but also allowed me to be more confident and feel better about myself (since I was contributing to something good). I also found that being introverted is a good thing! Not a negative one! But yeah, for me volunteering really helped with those things
This may sound weird but its worth a shot! I honestly found finding a creative outlet for myself really helped me break out of my sadness or anxiety or any negativity i was feeling. For me that creative outlet has been makeup. I would say try out a creative outlet that you love and work at it because it will give you confidence, something to talk about and share, thus allowing you to open up to people a bit more. Makeup for me gave me that personal confidence i needed to stand up and speak my mind in groups or when i wanted to, because i looked good and felt good. At the end of the day, people can drain even the greatest of extroverts, and self care and solitude is also important. Its nice to have a balance of that in your life. Accept your introverted side a little bit while working towards opening up
Well, I understand what you are going through as even I was very introvert before. Basically what i learnt is that everything is within yourself and your mind. The insecurities and the fear is in our mind and nothing done by any other person. Many girls strive for other people's approval which is wrong. You should learn to love and accept yourself the way you are and stop bothering about what other people think about you. "Don't try to be like someone else" or try to be what you think you should be. You are the way you are and you are perfect, you don't have to please anyone. When you start loving yourself the way you are that's when you will start to feel confident and happy. When you are confident and happy about yourself that's when you will appear attractive to the people around you. Don't be scared if others will judge you or not. Stop caring about what people think just care about what makes you feel comfortable. I hope this helps.