What Is Avoidance Behavior?
Experiential avoidance refers to your tendency to avoid situations or emotions that you believe will be unpleasant. Approaching experiences is the opposite. You move towards experiencing new things, even if they are scary.
Why is it important to build this skill?
When you avoid experiences, you fail to learn how to deal with unpleasant emotions and can later become overwhelmed by them. By purposefully putting yourself in situations that challenge you a little at a time, you learn how to tolerate and cope with negative emotions and build the skills you need to thrive.
Activities to develop this skill: