Sometimes it’s wise to be cautious, especially when you may be in physical danger. However, when you play it safe because you’re too anxious to try something new, you may close off possibilities that could bring you greater happiness and satisfaction.
Life is shaped by your choices. What are you choosing?
Read over the statements below to see if anxiety is causing you to play it too safe. [click to continue…]
Summer often gets us thinking about possibilities for travel, family fun, and outdoor adventures. However, anxiety can prevent us from trying new things or even enjoying familiar everyday activities.
For some people, all it takes is one negative experience to make them begin avoiding situations that might trigger discomfort.
For example, if you felt anxious on a trip far from home, you may no longer want to travel out of state or even leave your hometown. Even if the cause of your anxiety is unclear, it’s natural to want to avoid situation that might trigger intensely uncomfortable feelings again.
But here’s what you need to understand. In most cases, anxiety is caused by uncomfortable feelings, not by true danger. Most of the time, we are not involved in a life threatening situation, but our brains are reacting as if we are.
Nevertheless, anxious feelings can be so upsetting and uncomfortable that people instinctively react as if they’re in true danger. This leads them to begin avoiding any experience or activity they associate with the onset of anxiety.
Avoiding things that make us uncomfortable may seem like a solution, but research shows that avoidance actually leads to a worsening of anxiety. [click to continue…]