Avoidance. Something I’m incredibly good at! I push all of my emotions down but that doesn’t mean they disappear. They are still there. They never go away and by pushing them away I just delay the explosion. It seems like avoiding stress is a great way to feel less stressed, but this isn’t necessarily the case; often, we need to deal with things so we either experience less stress or feel less stressed by the problem. We can’t always avoid stress, but we can manage it with effective coping strategies.
Apparently, the first step to overcoming avoidance coping is to learn to recognise it (at the time you’re doing it). Hands up, avoiding is so natural to me. It’s a habit now but I’m working on breaking it!
Do you have any effective ways to get out of the avoidance coping habit? I’d love to know🙂