Overcome fear of EXTERNAL situations
‘REAL LIFE’ Graduated Exposure Practice
Regular exposure is ESSENTIAL
Repeat the exposure DAILY (or at LEAST 3 to 5 times a week) until your anxiety level is minimal. Too much time between exposure practice and you build up more anxiety. With regular exposure you are far more likely to get used to the situation – even bored with it!
Exposure is NOT an endurance test!
The whole point of exposure is that it TEACHES you about panic and the fact that your catastrophic predictions don’t actually happen.
If somedays you just can’t do it don’t beat yourself up – try again as soon as you feel able. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. Do it as GRADUALLY as you want to – just as long as you DO it.
Making the commitment
Because exposure is about facing anxiety it’s very tempting to find reasons not to do it but WITHOUT exposure your fear is on HOLD – and
will remain on hold until you put the work in.
Avoidance Vs Exposure
Avoidance CAN work in reducing a panic attack – but at what COST. Your life becomes limited and the fear remains intact. Exposure is initially a frightening prospect but the rewards are IMMENSE – you get your life back and you lose the fear altogether. Exposure is a clear winner by a long shot!
Seeing a Cognitive Therapist
If exposure is just proving to be too difficult you may need to do it with the help of a Cognitive Therapist