If you are avoiding situations due to anxiety, this is known as ‘safety behaviour’.
But if the threats are imagined, could your ‘safety’ instead become your prison?
Consider how you might be able to give up at least one 'safety behaviour'. This is known as exposure. The key thing with exposure is to stay with the discomfort. If you give up as soon as you experience any sort of discomfort, then your anxiety will win.
Hopefully, if you start small, gradually exposing yourself in a small way to what you fear, you may discover that the discomfort starts to subside. You may then start to see the 'safety behaviour' as obsolete, and you have taken the first step in regaining control over your life.
Chris Warren-Dickins BACP Registered Counsellor
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