Anxiety often manifests as avoidance, but you can take steps to overcome it. "If you have anxiety, you are familiar with a pattern of behavior known as avoidance. Avoidance means changing your actions in order to avoid experiencing anxiety or panic. It means you convince yourself if you just don’t do that, you will be safe. Presumably from flesh-eating zombies, searing humiliation, uncomfortable conflicts, and/or embarrassingly copious bouts of perspiration.
But here’s the thing (there’s always a thing): avoidance actually magnifies your anxiety about whatever it is you are trying to avoid. I say this as someone whose unread email-pile looms menacingly in the distance like impending doom. Did you know that NOT answering email does not make those unread emails disappear? Weird.
The truth is that avoidance makes your world very small. It prevents you from forming relationships and having experiences and achieving your goals – unless your goal is to sweat a lot and secretly loathe yourself. It also doesn’t actually keep you safe, since the anxiety originates in you." Read more: http://sweatpantsandcoffee.com/anxiety-blob-anxiety-blog-avoiding-avoidance/
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