Break the cycle of avoidance

Finally, it is important to start thinking about things you avoid due to anxiety. Avoiding things that make you anxious works in the short-term but generally, the more you avoid, the more anxious you become. To overcome anxiety it is important to break the cycle of avoidance. One approach to this is called graded exposure, which just means you take it step by step. For a very clear handout and example diary on how to use graded exposure from the BBC look here http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/headroom/cbt/graded_exposure.pdf