I suffer extremely from bad anxiety. Some days I can have up to 5 panic attacks a day and i have kind of come up with some tips to help. Although i may not use them all the time. Having anxiety restricts a lot that i do. I panic in big crowds, places i dont know, talking on the phone and a lot more. Some times i get them out of no where and i don’t know what has caused them. It can get really tough and i can struggle. I have had it for as long as i can remember and the tips i have may help some but not may not help others.
- 10 deep breathes in, with a slow release out. I feel that the can help me slow my breathing right down, this will help me from feeling clammy, hot and feeling like i will pass out. I will focus on one point in the room and keep looking until i feel calmer.
- Leaving the situation and repeating number one .and if that doesn’t work i will leave the situation i can’t handle i will try and leave, then try number one again. Usually this works for me.
- Calling a loved one. If i am not with Michael or a close loved one i will ring them, the people who are close will usually try and help me calm down. This, 9/10 will help majorly too. Always having a loved one to call is brilliant.
- Trying to get a good night sleeps. If i have a panic attack I always try to get a good nights sleep, if I don’t- I always find that I feel awful the next day and I panic more.
- Think of one positive thing a day! I’ve said this before and I will always say this. Think of atleast one positive thing a day. This has calmed my anxiety down quite a lot and I can always notice when I haven’t.
My anxiety has hit the highest points since having kids and I have had to try my hardest to keep it under control since having them but it is all extremely hard. I am also on sertaline which is an antidepressant. These help me but not as much as I would have hoped for but it’s only safe for breastfeeding. My journey has been long and I’ve had always my friends and family around, which I’m so grateful for. Without them I wouldn’t be here today.
Thank you for reading,