Thaasophobia: A Rare Phobia
Do you feel scared or anxious when you have too much free time? Does the thought of sitting still and doing nothing fill you with a sense of dread? Do you often find yourself taking on more work just to keep busy?
If yes, you might be experiencing a specific phobia called thaasophobia, or the fear of being seated or sitting idly.
Those with thaasophobia tend to avoid being idle or sitting still. They often try to keep themselves busy and avoid having to sit. The thought of having to sit can cause severe anxiety and symptoms like shaking, sweating, or heart palpitations.
In this article, we’ll talk about what thaasophobia is and why it happens. We’ll also take a look at different treatment methods for the phobia.
What Is Thaasophobia?
So, what is the phobia for fear of sitting and how does it manifest?
Thaasophobia is an irrational fear of sitting idly. On the irrational fears list, thaasophobia is considered uncommon and can often be difficult to diagnose.
Those with thaasophobia may be triggered and experience this fear even when they are in a safe and secure environment. Being asked to take a seat can push them into a state of panic.
Thaasophobia can cause people to continually take on work or try to always be occupied, so they don’t have idle time. This can hinder their daily lives and make it difficult to live “normally.”
What Causes Thaasophobia
There is no definite cause known for thaasophobia. Thaasophobia causes tend to vary from one person to another.
Some may develop this fear due to a traumatic experience or injury related to sitting. Others may have a more generalized fear of losing control or feeling trapped when sitting down.
More often than not, phobias develop from a previous experience involving the object of one’s fear. An individual may have had a bad experience involving sitting or heard about someone developing back injuries due to sitting.
Genetics and history of anxiety-related disorders also play a major role in the risk of developing a phobia.
Symptoms of Thaasophobia
Thaasophobia symptoms can be different in different individuals. But they typically experience multiple symptoms simultaneously. Here are some common signs and symptoms of thaasophobia.
- Panic attacks
- Extreme avoidance
- Obsessive or intrusive thoughts
- Anxiety when thinking about sitting
- Fear of impending doom
- Feeling depressed
- Rapid heartbeat
- Difficulty breathing
- Muscle tension
- Back pain
It’s important to remember that not everyone with thaasophobia will experience all of these symptoms, and the severity of the symptoms can vary from person to person.
Phobias, including thaasophobia, limit a person’s ability to live well and enjoy freedom in their daily lives. If you or someone you know has thaasophobia, there are a variety of treatment strategies and trained professionals out there who can help.
The good news is, there are things you can do on your own to get a hold of your fear and take back control of your life.
Taking a proactive approach to your phobia can help you develop coping mechanisms to deal with the fear. For example, meditation, yoga, and deep breathing exercises are known to help you relax. They have a grounding effect and can help reduce the anxiety that comes with phobias. You can also try rhythmic breathing to help you cope with panic attacks.
Progressive muscle relaxation involves tensing and relaxing different muscle groups in your body, which can also help relieve tension.
It’s also a good idea to find support groups for phobias. Talking to people who have had similar experiences or who deal with and can understand your anxieties can be very helpful in your recovery.
Seeking Professional Help
Seek professional help for thaasophobia if you find that self-help methods aren’t enough. Professional treatment involves talking to a doctor or a mental health professional who is experienced in treating phobias.
Your therapist may talk about your fears and try to figure out what’s causing them. They will then suggest different strategies or techniques to help manage your fear of sitting.
This form of therapy is aimed at helping the person with thaasophobia learn to overcome their fear through exposure to the trigger. It is done through controlled gradual exposure to the object of their fear — sitting idly — in a safe environment. It can help the person learn to tolerate and manage their anxiety in situations involving sitting, ultimately reducing their fear and avoidance behaviors.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction
This therapy teaches individuals with thaasophobia mindfulness techniques, so they can better tolerate the feeling of being seated and reduce their fear and anxiety.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
CBT is a highly effective form of therapy that helps explore negative thought patterns and irrational perspectives concerning one’s phobia. It helps the individual challenge the logic in these distortions and reframes them.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
DBT focuses on teaching individuals mindfulness skills, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness to help manage their anxiety and discomfort around activities involving sitting.
How to Avoid Altogether
Thaasophobia is one of the few phobias where you cannot avoid what you fear. You simply cannot keep yourself busy at all times, and there will always be times when you have nothing to do but sit idly.
So, avoidance will not help when dealing with thaasophobia.
That is why professional treatment is so important. A therapist will teach you skills and coping strategies that you can use to deal with such situations. You can also talk to your friends and family, so they understand what you’re going through and offer you support throughout your treatment.
If your fear of sitting idly is causing you problems, now is the time to seek help. There are many coping techniques you can practice on your own, and if that doesn’t work, there are professional therapists waiting to help. You can learn effective relaxation techniques you can use anytime, anywhere, to help you feel calm and comfortable. So, take a deep breath, relax, and remember that sitting can be a great way to rest, recharge, and enjoy the world around us!