The Circle of Avoidance
When we avoid things, whilst it may help you to feel less anxious in the short term, in the long term it can worsen your problems. This is when the circle of avoidance may occur. The issue with avoidance is that it’s teaching you that the only way to deal with a bad situation is to avoid it which is really unhelpful. Avoiding things also lessens your chance of finding out that your fear worst, more often than not, do not occur. This in turn worsens your anxiety and leaves you feel low in confidence & self-esteem.
Anxiety à Avoiding anxiety-inducing situations àRestricted living and low confidence & self-esteem à makes you feel worse à Anxiety, and the circle continues.
|*Note: Pieces about Mental Health Information are based off of what I have been taught and the "homework" books that were given are used as a guideline for these posts. Whilst I may have been taught these things by health care professionals, I am not one and information may change or be inaccurate. If you feel at risk by your thoughts and feelings or have concerns about you health; please seek help from loved ones and health care professionals. This information is not to be used to self-diagnose. If you know you have hypochondriac tendencies, are sensitive to subjects like bullying, depression and anxiety, and are easily triggered then information and experiences shared in this blog may cause distress. I have tried my best to provide trigger warnings and warnings about sensitive subjects but please read at your own discretion.|