Avoidance May Not Help to Manage Anxiety
Avoidance is a hallmark of anxiety, but one surprisingly simple way of changing how you feel during moments of anxiety is to behave differently than you have in the past. This can help to break the vicious cycle of anxiety and avoidance and help you mindfully and effectively change your behavior to help you manage anxiety in stressful moments.
Today we’re sharing an excerpt from the audiobook Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life: Using the Science of Emotion Regulation and Mindfulness to Overcome Fear and Worry, written by doctor of psychology, David Klemanski, and Joshua Curtiss. Don’t Let Your Anxiety Run Your Life is a groundbreaking, step-by-step guide to managing the thoughts and feelings that cause anxiety, worry, fear, and panic. Based on cutting-edge science and latest research from a Yale University psychologist and professor, these simple and powerful mindfulness tips will help you stay calm and collected in any situation.
What’s in this episode?
In the short term, it might seem like it makes sense to avoid things that trigger fear or anxiety. But this strategy to manage anxiety can actually increase your anxiety response in future situations. This cycle can lead to increased anxiety and worry, and a loss of confidence in your ability to cope. In this episode, David and Joshua discuss the problems and pitfalls of common avoidance strategies.
Listen to our recent interview with Dr. David Klemanski here.
This audiobook is intended to teach you about the science of mindfully managing your emotions in order to reduce your anxiety. We will provide you with several science-based strategies that emphasize the use of both mindfulness and emotion regulation, with the ultimate goal of helping you develop a more balanced and fulfilling life.