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Your Guide To Protecting Yourself While Dating With An Anxious Attachment Style
According to Healthline, anxious attachment in adults can show up as codependency, low self-worth, and the need for reassurance. However, you can regulate these emotions.
Mindfulness practices such as deep breathing, yoga or meditation, cardio, gardening, journaling, or dancing can help you identify and soothe your emotions quickly.
Identify & Soothe
Finding an activity that sparks joy will protect your heart from the validation it seeks from others. You can also choose an activity you can enjoy and practice with your partner.
People with anxious attachment styles should be intentional about communicating with their partner. There’s nothing wrong with asking for what you want or need.
Be clear and detailed about how you feel, how you approach intimate relationships, and what you expect in return. Then, ask for their feedback and be open to what they have to say.
As per the American Psychological Association, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) reassures patients that they're in control of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Seek Therapy
While CBT isn’t necessarily geared towards resolving attachment styles, an anxious attachment can be rooted in childhood, adolescent, or adult trauma that CBT can help resolve.