How to Overcome Mental Anxiety Through Exposure

To deal with uncertainty, we often resort to what psychologists call avoidance and safety behaviours.

Though avoiding discomfort gives us temporary relief, it also prevents us from realising we’re stronger, more capable, and more resilient than we think. When use avoidance, we limit our ability to live life to the full.

Safety behaviours are things we do to feel safer but end up causing us more anxiety in the long run. Like avoidance, using safety behaviours prolongs anxiety in the long run and limits our potential.

Developing habits of gradual exposure, leaning into uncertainty and taking on challenges, can help us overcome mental anxiety.

If you're suffering with severe mental anxiety, it’s important to get professional support when practising exposure. Click here to find out more about accessing therapy

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