Avoidance Tactics Recap

Over the past eight days we have delved into Avoidance Tactics. Those coping mechanisms that are utilised to temporarily alleviate emotional pain associated with loss.

Though when utilised to excess, your life begins to spiral.

The eight most common avoidance tactics are:

  1. Food Alcohol Drugs
  2. Anger
  3. Excess Work
  4. Isolation
  5. Excess Exercise
  6. Distractions – Fantasy/TV/Netflix/Social Media
  7. Excess Sex
  8. Retail Therapy

It’s important to note that these activities or habits, in moderation, may not necessarily be harmful. However, when you engage in them as avoidance tactics for the wrong reasons, they can impede the grieving process and prevent you from working through your emotions in a healthy manner.

Recognising and becoming aware of these avoidance behaviours is an essential step in moving from avoidance to active grieving.

Active grieving involves confronting and processing your feelings of loss in a more constructive and healing way, rather than relying on these temporary distractions or numbing behaviours.

To read the undividual avoidance tactic posts, click on the name above.


If you find that you are, please reach out to us for support and guidance, so we can assist you to transition to more loving and constructive grieving strategies.

Until we meet again, please remember that you are Simply the BEST!

Karen and Lesley


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