Safety Behavious in Anxiety and the advantage and pitfalls of using them.

A Safety Behaviour is an act of doing something to prevent or shorten the uncomfortable feeling we feel in certain situations.


Safety behaviours can be very useful in times of extreme, stress and anxiety, and can keep us safe.


It’s really important to identify what behaviours you use to manage and deal with your anxiety and here is why……


Your safety behaviours will make you feel more comfortable in the situation by providing temporary relief from anxiety. However, in reality this is the same as covering a crack in the wall with a picture or doing a temporary repair on something. You believe that the only way you survive situations is because of the measures you put in place to control your anxiety. But actually, what it does, is tell your subconscious that every time you come across a particular situation, you are in danger, and it will take you into the fight or flight response every time. By carrying out these behaviours, you are feeding your anxiety.


This weeks video takes you through some examples of safety behaviours. See if you can identify yourself in any of these. Enjoy the listen…….



Some common safety behaviours used to manage Anxiety:


  • Taking a different route when travelling because of a previous bad experience suffered by either yourself or someone you know. (General Anxiety Disorder)

  • Not driving for fear of having an accident. (General Anxiety Disorder)

  • Not flying through fear of the plane crashing. (Phobia)