Anxiety started middle of the day yesterday. Made all the way through the night and all of work but I cant hold it any longer. It’s getting harder to breathe and I can feel the panic setting in. I’m trying to stop it but this one I might just have to ride out until the panic stops. I feel like I have to throw up
I wish for a quick recovery.
Hanging out in bathroom, started dry heaving
Some things I do to calm down are:
Put an ice pack on the back of your head. This will cool down your brain and reduce activity in your limbic system, where emotions happen.
Do a task with simple, clear steps. I like baking. I follow the recipe, and it’s easy enough that I don’t get frustrated, but it requires enough concentration that I don’t have room to think about other things. Cleaning also helps.
Engage your five senses. This will remind you what is real and what isn’t. Listen to soothing music. Smell something pleasant, like an essential oil. Suck on a hard candy. Look at pictures of things you enjoy. Feel something with an interesting texture, like a piece of Velcro or a stress ball.
Try to levitate something with your mind. You obviously won’t succeed, but it gets you to focus all of your attention on a single point outside your body, instead of on your thoughts. I like to use this on airplanes or in public places, because it doesn’t require you to move at all. It looks like you’re just daydreaming to observers.
Listen to a guided meditation recording
@GrayBear @ninjastar I’ve calmed down enough to function and actively keep myself calm for the most part. Dont know how well I’d do against my big triggers like loud noises and sirens but I’m not full blown panic so it’s a start. I’m on a fone line though and I can tell that I could easily start panicking again. But like I said I can function enough to be able to actively try to keep that from happening.
@ninjastar , why is my account suspended until December of 2290 on my desktop computer? I can’t sign in. It has my wrong phone number and won’t let me change it. Please help. Thanks.
Glad you were able to calm yourself, hope you feel better
Thank you. I think my boyfriend’s gonna come over after he gets off work. His hugs always help. Until then I’ll keep myself calm and do my best to get back to my normal self. I always feel bad when he has to deal with my stuff. He says he wants to and that it’s our stuff but I dont want him to feel like it’s his responsibility to take care of my mental health. That’s my responsibility. He just happens to make it easier to manage and to be happy.
PMed you so I don’t derail the thread
I know this feeling. Sometimes though, we need outside support. That means friends, family, doctors, volunteer workers, or romantic partners. If you want to lighten the load for your boyfriend (though it sounds like he is more than willing to help) you can try the crisis text line 741-741, talking to another friend, or even just talking here/
Just found this website that might be able to help. It goes through common reasons one might feel bad and helps you troubleshoot
I really like this. I just scanned through it for the most part just to see what it was about. And I’m gonna save it. I know why I was panicked today but many times I dont know why I feel the way I do. Even if this doesn’t help me pinpoint the reason I think it’s a very good way to calm down and manage stress and anxiety. Thank you.
It shouldn’t be that complicated. Is there anything different in your environment When you look back?