Avoidance tactics are often used as coping mechanisms to temporarily alleviate emotional pain associated with loss. Though in excess, your life begins to spiral.

In order to assist you with this we are doing a series of posts that delve into the eight most common avoidance tactics.

Today is day four and we are looking at:


Isolating oneself from others can be a means of self-protection.

By withdrawing from social interactions and relationships, individuals can minimise the risk of experiencing further emotional pain.

However, prolonged isolation can lead to feelings of loneliness and exacerbate the grieving process.

Some of the long term negative effects from indulging in this avoidance tactic can be:

  • Personal:

    Prolonged isolation can lead to depression, anxiety, and decreased overall well-being.

  • Relationships:

    Isolating oneself can result in strained or severed relationships with friends and family.

  • Work:

    Loneliness and mental health issues from isolation can negatively impact job performance and satisfaction.

  • Financial:

    Costs associated with mental health treatment due to isolation may impact financial stability.

To assist you to self-assess whether you are using these tactics to avoid dealing with your grief here are:

Five Contemplations for YOU to Ponder:

  • Have I withdrawn from social interactions and relationships since experiencing my loss?
  • Do I avoid reaching out to friends or family for support when I’m feeling down?
  • Has my social circle expressed concern about my increasing isolation?
  • Do I prefer to be alone for extended periods rather than engaging with others?
  • Am I avoiding social situations or gatherings that I used to enjoy?

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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