do you avoid difficult situations?
Should a particular situation have made you anxious in the past, it is to be expected that you may wish to avoid exposing yourself to it again. Avoidance is a common response to anxiety and panic, and can even be seen as one of their primary symptoms. After all, why would you want to do something, or go somewhere, that could perhaps trigger again the unpleasant (or even terrifying) feelings that it triggered previously? Staying away would certainly provide a degree of relief, in the short term at least.
However, avoidance in this way will only serve to reinforce your belief that the situation is in fact a dangerous one. This reinforcement could, in its turn, increase the level of anxiety that you experience when you next need to face the particular situation. Also, such a pattern of avoidance could begin to then spread to other situations or places that you perhaps find uncomfortable, gradually causing your life to become increasingly limited and restrictive.
In the long run, it would be beneficial for you to face such frightening situations head-on. As difficult as it may be for you, it is important to find a way to safely explore your strong feelings and to determine the extent to which your fears are actually justified. Of course, you don’t need to do this alone and without support.
Hypnotherapy, and its related disciplines, can be a most effective treatment. The work we will do together will enable you to develop more appropriate ways of seeing the situations you face, as well as more appropriate ways of responding to them. Because panic and anxiety are largely created by your particular style of thinking, you will find that you really do have the ability to make the changes necessary to take back control of your life – and to do so safely and without the use of drugs.
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To avoid situations in which you might make mistakes may be the biggest mistake of all.
Peter McWilliams, Life 101