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Avoidance of important yet anxiety provoking activities

Erik Goodin's picture

Hi, I am a very ambitious person and want to live up to my full potential but I have a terrible habit and desire of avoidance of things that are good for me. For example, if I want to go to my martial arts class or a social event or even do some important paperwork, I will know it's good for me and once I'm there I will enjoy it most times or at least think "see it's not THAT bad" and always be happy after the task is done.

But knowing it's going to take effort and be anxiety-provoking, I get a HUGE amount of internal conflict to just avoid the situation. It's like I wrestle with going/taking action and just avoiding it to numb the internal conflict.

Although I want to go to something for say in the future, and I know long-term it's the best thing for me, just knowing I will have this internal conflict to avoid causes additional anxiety (while still having the original anxiety of course) in and of itself and repeats the cycle.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Rebekah Hall's picture

Hi there,

Thank you for your question.

Below you'll find links to a few sessions that should help.

Best wishes,

Rebekah
Uncommon Care Team