Techniques for Breaking the Cycle of Avoidance

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Christopher 'Chigg' Ba(Hons), Dip CBH, MNCH(reg)

Founder:Bohangar City Practice: (ex Banking Analyst): Transforming Minds, Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy.

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Overcoming Avoidance

Avoidance is a common problem that many of us face in our daily lives. It can manifest in a variety of ways, from procrastination to avoiding difficult conversations or tasks. It can be a difficult habit to break, but it is possible to overcome avoidance and take control of your life.

At its core, avoidance is a form of self-protection. We may avoid certain tasks or conversations because we fear the outcome or the potential for failure. We may also avoid certain activities because they are uncomfortable or unfamiliar. Whatever the reason, avoidance can be a major obstacle to achieving our goals and living a fulfilling life.

Breaking Habitual Avoidance

The first step in overcoming avoidance is to recognize it as a problem. Once you have identified the problem, you can begin to take steps to break the cycle of avoidance.

One of the most effective ways to break the cycle of avoidance is to start small. Instead of tackling a large, intimidating task, break it down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This will help you to focus on the task at hand and make it less overwhelming.

It can also be helpful to set realistic goals and expectations. If you set unrealistic goals, you may become discouraged and give up. Setting realistic goals will help you stay motivated and on track.

Coping Strategies

In addition to breaking down tasks and setting realistic goals, there are other coping strategies that can help you overcome avoidance.

One of the most effective strategies is to practice mindfulness. Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and focusing on your thoughts and feelings without judgment. Practicing mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts and feelings, which can help you identify and address the underlying causes of your avoidance.

Another helpful strategy is to practice self-compassion. Self-compassion involves treating yourself with kindness and understanding, even when you make mistakes or fail. It can help you to be more forgiving of yourself and to recognize that failure is a part of life.

Proactive Solutions

In addition to coping strategies, there are also proactive solutions that can help you overcome avoidance.

One of the most effective solutions is to create a plan of action. This plan should include specific steps that you can take to achieve your goals. It should also include a timeline for when you will complete each step. Having a plan of action will help you stay focused and motivated.

It can also be helpful to enlist the help of a friend or family member. Having someone to support and encourage you can make it easier to stay on track and reach your goals.

Seeking Professional Help

If you find that you are unable to overcome avoidance on your own, it may be helpful to seek professional help. Cognitive behavioural hypnotherapy is a type of therapy that can help you to identify and address the underlying causes of your avoidance. It can also help you to develop coping strategies and create a plan of action to help you reach your goals.

No matter what type of help you seek, it is important to remember that overcoming avoidance is possible. With the right strategies and support, you can take control of your life and achieve your goals.

Disclaimer, Please Read: The information provided in this article is for illustrative and informational purposes only. It does not establish a therapist-patient relationship. For medical issues or emergencies, always consult with a licensed medical professional. For non-clinical challenges related to stress, anxiety, and other emotional or behavioural concerns, considering a consultation with a therapist may be beneficial. Bohangar City Practice is a registered Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapy practice, specializing in combining cognitive behavioural techniques with hypnosis to address various challenges and promote well-being. Any questions, please do reach out

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