Anxiety is a natural response to stress, and it can manifest in both physical and mental ways. One of the most common behaviours associated with anxiety is avoidance. When someone experiences anxiety, they may become overwhelmed and retreat from activities that could otherwise bring them joy or success. If you are experiencing this type of behaviour, Orlando Thrive Therapy can help you learn the skills necessary to manage your anxiety.
Anxiety is caused by a variety of different factors, including genetics, brain chemistry, life events, and personality. Some people are genetically predisposed to be more anxious than others, while others develop anxiety as a result of traumatic experiences or other major life changes. Whatever the cause, excessive amounts of stress can trigger an array of symptoms that lead to avoidance behaviours.
In order to better understand why anxiety leads to avoidance behaviours, it’s important to first understand how our brains process fear and stress. When we experience fear or stress our brains release hormones like cortisol which induce a “fight-or-flight” response in us - in other words, we feel an urge either to fight back against the source of our fear or run away from it in order to protect ourselves. In some cases when faced with overwhelming amounts of fear or stress our bodies can freeze up and lead us into a state where we feel unable to take any action at all - essentially leading us into avoiding the situation altogether.
When coupled with feelings of inadequacy or low self-confidence this “freeze” state can become more persistent and pervasive leading one into patterns of chronic avoidance behaviour that can have severe negative impacts on their lives such as job loss due to absenteeism, social isolation due to not wanting to leave their homes etc.. This is why understanding why we react in certain ways when faced with fear/stress is so important for people who struggle with chronic anxiety and avoidance behaviour - without being able to recognize what triggers these responses within us it becomes difficult for us take control over them.
If you have been dealing with chronic anxiety or avoidance behaviours for some time now then don't hesitate - reach out for help! Orlando Thrive Therapy provides personalized counseling services tailored specifically towards helping those who struggle with controlling their anxious thoughts and behaviours so they can live full lives free from worry or regret. Don't let your anxiety control you - take charge today!
Heather Oller is the owner and founder of Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching, and Counseling. She is a licensed counselor and a family mediator who has over 23 years of dedicated work as a professional in the mental health field. Through her company's mission, she continues to pave the way for future therapists, and their clients, who want a higher quality of life....and who want to thrive, rather than just survive. You can contact Orlando Thrive Therapy at (407) 592-8997 for more information.