LIVE SMARTER NOT HARDER:  Will Avoidance Make Anxiety Worse?
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Here’s How Avoidance Makes Anxiety Worse

It can be easy to avoid talking during meetings, or to mute your phone when a bill collector calls; but Dr. Tracy Marks says avoidance can actually make anxiety worse.

Almost 20% of U.S. adults suffer from anxiety, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Anxiety offers a survival function, as it gives us a boost of adrenaline and makes us more alert…  But in a modern setting, this fear can be disruptive and problematic.

The more you avoid doing those things, the bigger the fear becomes, and it becomes harder to finally do these things, some of which are essential,” Marks explains.

Instead of using avoidance, Marks suggests journaling (to gain understanding and introspection), improving sleep and diet, and exercising.

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