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Hi there. I've suffered with anxiety and panic attacks since I was a teen. I’ve had bad episodes which can last for months but then it gets a bit better and under control again. The past two times I’ve had long bad episodes have been relating to going on holiday/ vacation, an episode I’m currently in right now. I came back from a trip to Florida with my family, and I feel pathetic as it’s was an amazing experience but I’ve come back so anxious it’s messed up so much of my life. I get excited to plan the holiday, but a few weeks before my anxiety starts to build and during the holiday I will be feeling low and anxious while trying to enjoy myself and not annoy my family. I’ve been back a month now and thought the constant anxiety would have passed but it hasn’t and now I’m feeling worse than ever. I can’t concentrate on work or even go on a simple walk without feeling like I’m going to faint and/or have a panic attack. The same sort of thing happened the last time I went to Florida too, when I ended up having major digestive issues and on anti-depressants for over a year after. I’m just wondering if anyone else feels like this when they go on holiday. It’s putting me off booking another one ever again because of how long I’m messed up for afterwards. I don’t want to go on holiday for two weeks and then take another year to recover and go back to “normal”. It’s really getting me down and my family are on about booking another holiday and I can’t even think of that right now and it’s very upsetting. I don’t want to just live my life without travelling, but if it’s going to take me so long to feel “normal” again afterwards I can’t see how I can go on holiday. I am seeking therapy for anxiety but this doesn’t start for another two weeks but I’m hoping it can help. It’s just in the meantime I’m very stressed out by it.
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