A survival strategy is something you or your body does automatically, in order to survive in a dangerous or unpleasant situation.
Your brain is trying to keep you safe and will often automatically go into “fight, flight, or freeze” mode.
When we have experienced trauma, we also adopt coping strategies in order to survive. For example, we might turn to food, alcohol, drugs, or some other addiction, in order to numb the pain.
In order to break out of survival mode, and to really live our best lives, we have to do the healing work.