How to Join the Event
When: Thursday, August 16th, 2018, at 5:30 PM Eastern U.S. Time
Join from LINUX, Android, iOS, MacOS, or Windows by selecting "Join Event" below.
From the United States, you can also dial in with one-tap:
US: +16699006833,,671123641# or +14086380968,,671123641#
Or manually dial from the US with either
+1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646 876 9923
(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location)
You can select the International Numbers button below for a list of countries and associated numbers.
Use the Meeting ID: 401-100-948
Key concepts of the connection between anxiety and avoidance:
- To avoid anxiety, people choose behavior to skip situations, people or events that create thoughts and feelings related to the fear.
- Avoidance results in negative reinforcement of not trying to overcome your anxiety.
- Anxiety and fear then snowballs as a result of avoidance.
- Over a period of time, self sabotage occurs from not meeting goals and missing out on life events.
- Avoiding can also generate secondary emotions such as sadness, guilt, shame and frustration.
Avoid the avoiding!
- Learn to tolerate uncomfortable feelings.
- Realize that feelings are not forever.
- Practice self care to help regulate your emotions.
- View fearful situations as a challenge and change your response to fear.
- Challenge yourself to work through the anxiety. Get out of your comfort zone.
An approach to facing things you are avoiding:
- Slowly exposing yourself to that which evokes fear will slowly decrease your anxiety. Repeat this over and over until the anxiety is gone.
- Bring a trusted friend to a group social event which makes you anxious.
- Have a back up plan in case your anxiety is too overwhelming.
- When anxiety strikes, soothe yourself with breathing, calming music and affirmations such as "I can do this," or "I am brave."
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