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Quick Guide to ‘Anxiety’s Allies’


A life with anxiety can feel like a constant battle. Always trying to find ways to cope, to function, to make it through the day. People often do things that give them a temporary fix, but leave them feeling worse as time goes by. We call these, ‘Anxiety’s Allies’. Here are our top ‘Anxiety’s Allies’. They may make you feel better in the short term, but in the long run, they will help to fuel your anxiety.

Seeking constant reassurance


Do you frequently ask others if everything will be ok? Or search the internet for answers to your fears? Anxiety loves reassurance, and no matter how much you get, it will never be enough.

Performing rituals or compulsions


Have you found yourself counting in certain ways, or checking doors and windows more than is necessary? People find all kinds of ways to try and ‘neutralise’ worrying thoughts. Unfortunately, this often becomes increasingly complicated, as it’s never enough to make the anxiety go away.

Running away from your anxiety


Fighting your anxiety is a battle most of us won’t win. It may seem strange, but accepting your worries is the basis for your journey to recovery, and one of the key principles of the Pulling the Trigger approach.



Avoiding certain situations is a common feature of anxiety. And one of the best ways to keep it going.  At the heart of the cognitive-behavioural approach is gradually testing your fears until they are no longer a problem.

So these common survival strategies are just a few things we do that actually keep anxiety going.  They can make us feel better for a short while, but the effect will be temporary and the anxiety will return.

For more information on how you can effectively take steps to recover from anxiety, visit our website.

There are some great resources too at:


OCD Action

Anxiety UK

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